The Majestic Scenery of The San Bernardino Mountains

Last time I brought you along for a scenic tour of the historic Rim of the World Highway, so for this second part of the tour we will be visiting the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains. Yes, I am referring to is the part of Lake Arrowhead that is not by the lake, but which include the beautiful and picturesque community of Deer Lodge Park. I grew up in this wonderful little community and it is one of the most beautiful places you could ever live. I guess I am little biased because I grew up here, but it is the ideal place to raise a family, or for a weekend retreat if you just want to get away from the city. We actually get snow in the San Bernardino Mountains during the winter, although the snowfall has been much lower in the last fifteen years. When I was a child it used to snow more frequently, and even as a high school student there were some years that snow days resulted in a school being closed for the week because not all the road could be ploughed. So you thought it did not snow in Southern California? It is time to learn more about the diversity and the beauty of Southern California's many different climates. This tour will be of the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains and will include many beautiful pictures of the area.

Cloudy Skies In The San Bernardino Mountains

Backside of the San Bernardino Mountains with clouds.
Backside of the San Bernardino Mountains with clouds.
Cloudy sky looking towards The Pinnacles.
Cloudy sky looking towards The Pinnacles.

The Pinnacles

Here is a closer up picture of The Pinnacles.
Here is a closer up picture of The Pinnacles.
Picture of The Pinnacles from a distance.
Picture of The Pinnacles from a distance.

The first picture is of the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains looking down towards Hesperia. The cloud cover makes it hard to see down to the valley. The second picture is looking out towards The Pinnacles with clouds in the sky, which is a very popular with rock climbers because there are many large boulders to scale. The Pinnacles are approximately 5,229 feet above sea level, which is about the same altitude as the majority of the Lake Arrowhead region on the backside of the mountain. If you decide to go hiking at The Pinnacles obtain a San Bernardino National Forest Adventure Pass for parking your car because failing to display this pass can result in a ticket.

Visiting the San Bernardino Mountains is great for me because wonderful hiking is always near by, although I am not a rock climber as many of the enthusiasts who visit this region. Taking some picture of the big boulders would make a nice souvenir of your trip to the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains.

After The Grass Valley Fire In 2007

The Grass Valley Fire swept through this area in 2007.
The Grass Valley Fire swept through this area in 2007.
Many trees are dead and many remain alive after The Grass Valley Fire of 2007.
Many trees are dead and many remain alive after The Grass Valley Fire of 2007.
Looking out towards Mount Baldy.
Looking out towards Mount Baldy.
Close-up of Mount Baldy.
Close-up of Mount Baldy.

The Grass Valley Fire of 2007 came very close to my parents' house in the San Bernardino Mountains. Luckily it did not jump the street and burn houses in our neighborhood, but it did travel up the canyon and destroyed over 150 homes. Forest fires are very sad, but a reality of life in mountain environments. The tree growth is very dense and dry in some places and naturally occurring forest fires no longer clear out the brush. Thus, when a fire does occur it becomes disastrous and deadly. It is sad when fires happen, but thankfully the firefighters were able to save many homes. The Grass Valley Fire of 2007 is a scary reminder of how nature is still wild and dry conditions result in fires. The fierce winds caused a power line to spark and the surrounding trees caught fire and spread very quickly. There were many fires during that last week in October in 2007, so fire fighters were not able to get to all the homes right away. Many concerned residents stayed behind to protect their homes.

The forest is beginning to grow back and many of the trees actually survived the firestorms. The video below will shows part of the path of the Grass Valley Fire in 2007. The trees are now more sparse because of drought, bark beetles, and fire, but the mountain vegetation is slowing regrowing.

Mountain Sunsets

A beautiful sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A beautiful sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Another beautiful picture of a sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Another beautiful picture of a sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains.

California is known for its beautiful sunsets, which are very spectular with the shilouette of trees and mountains. These pictures of a sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains illustrate the breath taking end to an amazing day. Have fun on your next trip to the San Bernardino Mountains.

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laringo 8 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

SweetiePie; very nice Hub. California is very beautiful. I am a native and really need to travel here more than I do. Thanks for sharing.


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad to hear from a native California laringo. Yes it is a beautiful state and hope you can visit again soon.


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Lgali 8 years ago

I love to vist this place..loolike paradise


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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Lived in Calif for many many years and love the Redwoods the most...But your area is also very nice...there are many wonderful spots...not only in Calif...all over the USA and I wish to visit more in my lifetime...right here at Home in America.  Thanks for sharing and loved the sunset photo's...Merry Christmas my dear...G-Ma :o) Hugs


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SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by Lgali. The San Bernardino Mountains are a very beautiful place.

G-Ma,

The Redwoods are beautiful and I hope to see them again soon. In our forest we have some ancient Redwoods, but of course these are not as big and the great Redwoods up in Northern California. We also have a few sequoia trees, which are very special to me along with our pines, cedars, manzanita, and oak trees.


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Thanks for the backside tour of the mountains. So much peace to be found in the mountains even when just visiting your hub. Thanks SweetiePie....very beautiful mountain pictures and sunset.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Dottie,

Yes the mountains are very beautiful and I like sharing these pretty pictures. Just as I would love to go to Hawaii more often, but since I cannot afford it I love looking at pictures of Hawaii online. I always enjoy your visits :).


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poorQpine 7 years ago from USA

SweetiePie,

The last two pictures are breath taking. You did a great job of capturing the amazing colors. This hub has me wanting to visit but I fear my short legs and round belly will keep me in my own tree.... A picture perfect hub. me poorQpine.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

poorQpine,

Well at least via the pictures you got to visit.  Maybe you can make a fun picture hub about your tree one of these days :).


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poorQpine 7 years ago from USA

SweetiePie, That is a great suggestion. Thing is I would have to stay up past dawn or else I would have to get out of bed before dark. I will try to do that soon. Maybe over the holidays when there is plenty of light out from the decorations that brighten the horizon. me poorQpine


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

poorQpine,

Only do it if you have time. I understand you sleep during the day, so do not worry too much. I actually have the funniest sleeping schedule anyone has ever seen staying up late many nights, and then sleeping in on my days off.


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prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

Nice place to visit. thanks for posting. you have great picture. I just saw kind of that place only on television.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed this prasetio.


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GarnetBird 5 years ago from Northern California

Good hub--nice to see this online. I just published a photo gallery on the San Bernardino Mts..so nice to see the Pinnacles again..I frequently hike there..voted up!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi GarnetBird,

I am glad to hear there is another hubber familiar with the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains. I love the Pinnacles as well!

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