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The Beauty of the San Bernardino Mountains

Updated on October 12, 2016

The landscape of the San Benrardino Mountains is infinitely beautiful and inviting. A day up in the mountains can consist of looking down on the valley below, or up at the vibrant sky above, especially during sunset. These mountains are a veritable dream for novice and professional photographers alike, and hiking in the great outdoors allows for many opportunities to photograph the scenery, and perhaps even wildlife. I would not go out on a hike by yourself, but if you hike with a group on designated trails you will be pretty safe. Make sure to pick up an adventure pass before parking your car at trail heads in the San Bernardino Mountains, and you can learn more about the passes by contacting rangers stations up in the San Bernardino Mountains. Even if you just rent a house for the weekend there will be plenty of opportunities to walk around and film the scenery since most communities are surrounded by the national forest. The bark beetles and fires have done extensive damage to the surrounding vegetation, but you are still able to behold many awe-inspiring trees during your adventures in and around the San Bernardino Mountains. So do not forget when heading up to the mountains.

An orange sunset up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The pink sunset up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Looking down on the clouds floating above the San Bernardino Valley
Looking down on the clouds floating above the San Bernardino Valley | Source
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Los Angeles, California:
Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Start your trip in Los Angeles, California.

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Lake Arrowhead, California:
Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA

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End your trip in the Lake Arrowhead, California region, which is where the San Bernardino Mountains are located.

The San Bernardino Mountains and the Lake Arrowhead region are about eighty miles east of Los Angeles, which can be driven in about two hours. Taking public transportation might take several hours more.

Boulders spotted on the Rim of the World Highway with the view of Mount San Gorgonio in the distance.
Boulders spotted on the Rim of the World Highway with the view of Mount San Gorgonio in the distance. | Source
Another photograph of the view of the clouds from the Rim of the World Highway.
Another photograph of the view of the clouds from the Rim of the World Highway. | Source
Clouds wafting above the city.
Clouds wafting above the city. | Source
The clouds and the vista as seen from Highway 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains.
The clouds and the vista as seen from Highway 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Looking down on the clouds.
Looking down on the clouds. | Source
A glimpse of the boulders with the view of Mount San Gorgonio.
A glimpse of the boulders with the view of Mount San Gorgonio. | Source
The blue shades of the mountains with the clouds in the distance.
The blue shades of the mountains with the clouds in the distance. | Source
Looking on the green canyon below.
Looking on the green canyon below. | Source
There is brush in the foreground, and the verdant canyon below
There is brush in the foreground, and the verdant canyon below | Source
A boulder and brush in the foreground looking down on the San Bernardino Valley.
A boulder and brush in the foreground looking down on the San Bernardino Valley. | Source

In the photos above I had stopped at a turnout on the Rim of the World Highway to capture the view from above. It was quite spectacular to see the clouds floating above the cities below.

Driving down the mountain.
Driving down the mountain. | Source
The view of the Rim as driving down the mountain.
The view of the Rim as driving down the mountain. | Source
The view of a large tree trunk outside the car window.
The view of a large tree trunk outside the car window. | Source
Looking through the beauty of the pine trees.
Looking through the beauty of the pine trees. | Source
Pine trees and looking down the hillside.
Pine trees and looking down the hillside. | Source
Clouds peeking through the trees.
Clouds peeking through the trees. | Source
A magnificent tree.
A magnificent tree. | Source
The beauty of the pine trees.
The beauty of the pine trees. | Source
Amazing clouds seen outside the car window.
Amazing clouds seen outside the car window. | Source
More clouds above the valley.
More clouds above the valley. | Source
Looking up the coulter pine.
Looking up the coulter pine. | Source
The bare branches of oak trees.
The bare branches of oak trees. | Source
Trees on the hillside as we drive down the Rim.
Trees on the hillside as we drive down the Rim. | Source

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    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 

      22 months ago from US

      Sunset, trees, and mountains make nostalgic.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks, Christy! I like to add the travel/driving info for those who might want to visit this area.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I am glad you mentioned where the mountains are as I am not familiar with the area. Lovely photos!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Sherry,

      It is beautiful up there in Big Bear, and I hope I can see some pictures there on your hubs. I will have to go and see now.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Thanks for these beautiful photos. Brings back memories. I used to live up there at Big Bear, and then on the back side of the mountain, Cactus Flats.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Deborah,

      I appreciate your comments.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow love your videos and pictures.. looks like you had a great time and it looks so beautiful

      voted up

      Debbie

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi DS Duby,

      There are a lot of little mountain towns and the surrounding area that people stay at. The economy is not what it used to be, and I have seen some good rates on hotels and vacation rentals in the Lake Arrowhead and Wrightwood area. I highly recommend seeing some more of my hubs if you want to hear more about SoCal, which I know well.

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      DS Duby 

      6 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Beautiful photos and videos, I wouldn't be able to get enough of that view. My family and I are visiting Cali in the late fall, we haven't made all of our plans yet other than the plane tickets but that is an area of SoCal that I'd certainly want on my list. voted up, awesome and beautiful.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Yes, I love how a lot of regions in SoCal have similar topography. You can always stop at one of the turnouts on the Rim of the World Highway, and then everyone would be focused to look around and see the scenery. The only downside to the fog on the Rim is it makes visibility impossible for driving, and not sure how the every day commuters do it. As a pedestrian the though of driving in the fog is not my cup of tea.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      It's beautiful country. I've driven that road, but I never really had time to notice it, since others were in the car with me and we were talking. Were I to go back, I'd be looking for great scenery. I love seeing the clouds from above. When I drive Las Laureles Grade road between Monterey and Carmel Valley, there is scenery like that at the top of the grade. It's lovely when fog covers the valley and when you get above it, it appears to be a lake with the tops of the mountains being islands in it. Unfortunately, there's no good place to stop and take pictures on those curvy roads.

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