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A Day In The San Bernardino Mountains: A Photo Essay

Updated on March 11, 2017

During the Christmas season, many families decide to take weekend trips outside of Los Angeles, and the San Bernardino Mountains are often the destination of choice. Having grown up in the mountains I really do not understand the appeal of the more touristy venues such as Lake Arrowhead Village, but you should definitely visit that locale if a small town village is your thing. I enjoy getting coffee in the village and browsing around the stores every couple of years, but it is really just not my everyday thing. Being an introvert I am not one to enjoy a crowd, so I appreciate visiting with my family instead. We live on the back side of the mountain, which means we have beautiful vistas looking out at Mount Baldy, The Pinnacles, and Hesperia and Apple Valley. I absolutely love the scenery, and it is the one reason I often have to come home. I prefer to live in the valley these days, but once in a while, it is just nice to visit your home mountain.

An Afternoon Walk In The San Bernardino Mountains

Looking out towards The Pinnacles.
Looking out towards The Pinnacles.
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Self-shot of myself with the mountains in the background.Another self-shot in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Self-shot of myself with the mountains in the background.
Self-shot of myself with the mountains in the background.
Another self-shot in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Another self-shot in the San Bernardino Mountains.
This large stump was burned out during a fire in 2007.  We used to play on it when we were little, which brings back many memories.
This large stump was burned out during a fire in 2007. We used to play on it when we were little, which brings back many memories.

Walking around the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains is very enjoyable. I love a leisurely stroll after a large holiday meal, and looking down towards Hesperia and The Pinnacles is quite a sight. The view is very open now because many of our magnificent trees burned in the fire of 2007. I even visited the large stump us kids used to play on, but it was burned out in the fire. Amazingly ecosystem recovers after fires, and little trees are already beginning to sprout in the place of old ones.

Beautiful picture of The Pinnacles framed by trees.  I especially love the small cedar tree in the foreground.
Beautiful picture of The Pinnacles framed by trees. I especially love the small cedar tree in the foreground.
Another tall and magnificent tree.
Another tall and magnificent tree.
I love looking out at The Pinnacles on a sunny afternoon in late November.
I love looking out at The Pinnacles on a sunny afternoon in late November.
Another self-portrait with the beautiful mountains in the background.
Another self-portrait with the beautiful mountains in the background.
The blue sky against The Pinnacles is just amazing.
The blue sky against The Pinnacles is just amazing.

Cating Around The Mountains

Baby cat among the leaves in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Baby cat among the leaves in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Baby cat is just walking around the house.
Baby cat is just walking around the house.

Baby is an extraordinary cat that I adopted four years ago. She now lives with my parents, but I enjoy visitings her quite frequently. Here I use my amateur photography skills to capture pictures of Baby in her natural environment, just catting around ing the San Bernardino Mountains!

Here Baby cat is sitting near a flower bed that is barren due to the fall weather.  Come spring this flower bed boast beautiful strawberries and flowers.
Here Baby cat is sitting near a flower bed that is barren due to the fall weather. Come spring this flower bed boast beautiful strawberries and flowers.
Baby sitting on her little side walk.
Baby sitting on her little side walk.
Baby is very photogenic next to the leaves in the flower bed.
Baby is very photogenic next to the leaves in the flower bed.

The San Bernardino Mountains At Sunset

The San Bernardino Mountains are beautiful at sunset.
The San Bernardino Mountains are beautiful at sunset.

There is nothing quite as dreamy as a beautiful sunset over the San Bernardino Mountains.  This is one sweet delight that will not make you worry about your waistline, so go outside and enjoy the view.

Mount San Antonio in the distance at sunset.
Mount San Antonio in the distance at sunset.
The foliage of the trees add visual interest to this beautiful sunset.
The foliage of the trees add visual interest to this beautiful sunset.
Leaves in front of Mount San Antonio.
Leaves in front of Mount San Antonio.
Beautiful colors of the sunset blending together.  This would make a great subject for a painting.
Beautiful colors of the sunset blending together. This would make a great subject for a painting.

Feel free the watch the videos of the San Bernardino Mountains come to life.  Self-shot pictures and videos add interest to your hub, and make it stand apart from the hubbing crowd, in my opinion anyway. Personally I would rather watch the sunset against the silhouette of the mountains as opposed to hanging out at the village, but that is just me.

Saying good bye with a close-up of the pinkish sunset over Mount Baldy.
Saying good bye with a close-up of the pinkish sunset over Mount Baldy.

A beautiful sunset is a great way to end a spectacular day in the San Bernardino Mountains. I hope you enjoyed these pictures and videos that I have created for your viewing pleasure. As a long time former resident of the mountains I am able to see a things that the tourists would usually not find, and I am happy to share this with you.

Have you ever visited the San Bernardino Mountains?

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Zsuzsy Bee,

      I was noticing I did not smile in this picture, but I think it was because the flash of the light blinded me for a few seconds :). It just snowed again up in Lake Arrowhead, so it certainly looks like a winter wonder land up in the mountains!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Fabulous pics SweetiePie. Sure looks like a place that I would like to visit one day.

      I also like your new avatar but where is your famous pretty smile?

      Hope you're well

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you enjoyed the hub Vacation Australia! Thanks for the nice comment on my avatar, too!

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      VacationAustralia 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Another great hub SweetiePie! Love your new avatar! You look like the smart young woman you are!

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      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Ripplemaker,

      I am glad you enjoyed these pictures of the mountains and nature. Thanks for the visit and the nice comment, and I hope you are having a great Christmas season!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi SweetiePie, makes me smile looking at the place you love so much. Loved the photos and nature and the view of the sky and mountains...thank you for sharing them :)

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      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Pregnancy Central,

      Some people on Flickr do upload their pictures, but I like to use Hubpages to actually write about the locales too. Glad you enjoy the information I provided about the San Bernardino Mountains, which are a fun place to visit.

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      Pregnancy Central 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Awesome hub, i love the amount of pictures you put on, most people don't go to all the effort to upload their photos, so its nice to see them.

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      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hello, Hello,

      Nature is great, and I definitely can tell you love serene locales from your avatar picture.

      Tatjana-Mihaela,

      Baby is a really cute cat, but kind of persnickety because we adopted her as a stray. The first people that adopted her off the street thought she was going to scratch their chihuahua, but I think they were being a little dramatic. Baby hates people picking her up most of the time, but she will definitely come up to you if you leave her alone for awhile. She is such a funny and dear cat!

      ocbill,

      Big Bear is fun, but it is about twenty-seven miles north of Lake Arrowhead. There are more trees in Lake Arrowhead, and it is more hilly. Big Bear is a bit more flat because it is at the top of the San Bernardino Mountains.

      Paradise,

      I am glad you enjoyed the cat and the sunset pictures. One thing I love about the Internet is being to see locations I am not able to travel to.

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      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, Sweetie Pie, for those GORGEOUS pics, especially the cat and the mountains at sunset. Beautiful! I wish I lived there.

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      ocbill 

      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      good info on SB mountains. I remember the trips to Big Bear and that cold "clean" mountain air. it's nice to get out of pollution once in a while.

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      Tatjana-Mihaela 

      8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      Nature is always so beautiful, especially in the autumn. Cat is really cute ! Thanks for sharing.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I thank you so much for sharing this beautiful location. I am didn't grow up in the miuntains but I love them and wish I could live there. I think because it suits my nature more. Somehow you feel secure in there.

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      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Dohn,

      The Grand Canyon is a beautiful locale, so at least you have seen that. Glad my pictures look romantic, and I must say a few do have a Walden like theme. I had never thought about that!

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      No, I haven't been to see the San Bernardino Mountains, but I will someday. The furthest west that I've been in the Grand Canyon, but if things go well, I'll be able to go :D Thanks again, SweetPie. I really enjoyed the pictures. They're very romantic!

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