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Spending The Day In The San Bernardino Mountains

Updated on September 20, 2016
Hiking on a trail in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Hiking on a trail in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Traveling up to the San Bernardino Mountains for the day is recreational and economical for Southern Californians who want to spend time in nature. People always wish they could go on a vacation to some exotic port of call, but did you know people from all over the world actually make trips just to come to many places in Southern California? I feel very fortunate to live in a place that people love to visit, and makes me appreciate it all the more. These days I live in the city, but I grew up in the San Bernardino Mountains, and will always enjoy spending time up there.

If you are a photographer or artist, the San Bernardino Mountains can serve as wonderful inspiration for your artwork. Spend the day walking around with a digital camera, and take a few pictures. Many local artists take a lounging chair with them, and simply begin drawing a landscape once they find a place to pull of the road. There are so many creative opportunities here in Southern California, and people forget this region is not all about Los Angeles and movie stars. Actually, many movie stars used to build houses up in Lake Arrowhead to get away from LA for a few days, so you can see why it is quite a retreat.

Over the last few years I have used my mountain as inspiration for art projects. The pictures I take are often used as reference photographs for my sketches. On the April morning when I took these pictures, I especially enjoyed looking at all the trees and mountain ridges in the distance. The cerulean blue color of the sky is always stimulating, and a vibrant contrast to the verdant color of the fores. There is nothing quite as invigorating as spending a spring day up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Getting To The San Bernardino Mountains

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So how do you get to the San Bernardino Mountains from the Los Angeles area? The map below will help you plan your trip from any Southern California city to the San Bernardino National Forest, which is the location where I took most of these pictures.

On trips to the San Bernardino Mountains, I highly recommend having a digital camera that takes both video and pictures. There are so many beautiful sights that you will want to capture to enjoy again, and again.

The video above shows the views on a walk in the San Bernardino Mountains in late April.

Peering through the trees in the forest.
Peering through the trees in the forest.
Looking out towards The Pinnacles, with the trees obscuring part of the view.
Looking out towards The Pinnacles, with the trees obscuring part of the view.
Admiring the large rocks on the hillside.
Admiring the large rocks on the hillside.
Tree on the hillside above.
Tree on the hillside above.
Sun shining down on the hillside and the trees.
Sun shining down on the hillside and the trees.

Walking around the forest up in the San Bernardino Mountains is a phenomenal way to see beautiful landscapes right here in Southern California. There is no need to travel when you have all of these beautiful vistas right here in your own backyard.

Tree branches and the hillside.
Tree branches and the hillside.
The trees up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The trees up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking at a tree on the hillside of the mountains.
Looking at a tree on the hillside of the mountains.
Walking along the forest trail up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Walking along the forest trail up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking down the hillside.
Looking down the hillside.
Looking out across to the mountains in the distance.
Looking out across to the mountains in the distance.
More trees in the forest.
More trees in the forest.
Looking down on the dirt trail as I go for a hike.
Looking down on the dirt trail as I go for a hike.
Branches hanging down and creating interesting shapes.
Branches hanging down and creating interesting shapes.
Another picture of the tree trunks on the hillside.
Another picture of the tree trunks on the hillside.
Trees on the hillside.
Trees on the hillside.
Sun shining down on the mountains.
Sun shining down on the mountains.
Looking up at the branches of a tree in the early morning.
Looking up at the branches of a tree in the early morning.
I love the shapes of the branches on the oak tree.
I love the shapes of the branches on the oak tree.
An oak tree up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
An oak tree up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Walking along the forest trail can lead to great adventures, and you never know where you might end up. Try to walk with a friend in the forest, and do not go off by yourself.

The view of the Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The view of the Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking down towards Hesperia, which is about fifteen miles from the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Looking down towards Hesperia, which is about fifteen miles from the backside of the San Bernardino Mountains.
An oak tree and the mountains behind it.
An oak tree and the mountains behind it.
A fallen tree on the forest road.
A fallen tree on the forest road.
Looking at the Pinnacles.
Looking at the Pinnacles.
Another picture of the fallen tree.
Another picture of the fallen tree.
Looking at the mountains in the distance.
Looking at the mountains in the distance.
A tree branch is slightly obscuring the view of the Pinnacles in this photograph.
A tree branch is slightly obscuring the view of the Pinnacles in this photograph.

I video above shows more of the beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Appreciate your kind comments prasetio!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was beautiful mountain. Nice report from you and I really enjoy all stunning pictures and the video as well. Thanks for writing and share with us. Well done, my friend. Vote up!

      Prasetio

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Ripplemaker,

      I appreciate your lovely comments regarding the pictures of the San Bernardino Mountains.

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      The mountains are breathtaking. Awesome.

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Venzkhvam,

      I appreciate your comments. Thanks for reading!

      PeggyW,

      My goal is to write a comprehensive number of photography essays and travel tips about the San Bernardino Mountains in my hubs, and on my personal websites. Writing about the San Bernardino Mountains has sort of become my niche. I am sure you would enjoy it if you ever were to visit, but I am sure

      ktrapp,

      I appreciate your comments.

      JGoodman11,

      I never saw big foot, but I have seen a few bears in the woods.

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      JGoodman11 6 years ago

      I saw big foot!

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      These photos are really nice. I like the fallen tree across the path. I have to say, I am jealous. I am sort of sick of living in flat Illinois.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have certainly documented this favorite spot of yours in your hubs. If I ever visit there in person I will feel as if I am returning instead of seeing it for the first time. Thanks!

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      VENZKHVAM 6 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      Dear sweetie,

      Lovely pics, and I really love mountaineering.

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and thanks for sharing with us.

      I had voted this up and Beautiful

      with warm regards

      Dinesh Nair.

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