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Hiking In The San Bernardino Mountains

Updated on September 29, 2016

Hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains is a geographically close option for Southern Californians who want to explore nature trails boasting magnificent trees, blue skies with cottony clouds, large boulders, and numerous forms of vegetation and animal life. If you are lucky, then you might even catch a glimpse of a bird that seems to just be floating through the air. However, if you are not so fortunate, then you might spot a bear running straight in front of you. Believe me, I will never go hiking by myself up in the San Bernardino Mountains again after a bear ran straight in front of me a few years ago. I always recommend hiking with others and taking a stick with you. Despite the natural dangers of the wild, the San Bernardino Mountains is still the ideal place for those who crave nature on the more isolated level than what you find at your local city park, I highly recommend a day trip to the San Bernardino Mountains.

A photo of the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains.
A photo of the Pinnacles in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
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One sunny day in June, I trekked out past the Pinnacles to take pictures of the mountains in the distance.

The scotch broom is blooming in clusters on this hillside.
The scotch broom is blooming in clusters on this hillside. | Source
More scotch broom is spotted at the beginning of this hiking trail.
More scotch broom is spotted at the beginning of this hiking trail. | Source

Scotch broom grows abundantly in the San Bernardino Mountains, even though it is not part of the native brush.

Weeds growing on a trail up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Weeds growing on a trail up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Gazing up at brush on the hillside.
Gazing up at brush on the hillside. | Source
Two pine trees spotted on the walk.
Two pine trees spotted on the walk. | Source

As I walk along the trails I enjoy seeing pictures of trees and brush.

Clouds that look like comfy pillows in the sky.
Clouds that look like comfy pillows in the sky. | Source
Clouds floating above the rocky hills.
Clouds floating above the rocky hills. | Source
Clouds floating above the Pinnacles in the distance.
Clouds floating above the Pinnacles in the distance. | Source
Looking down upon a boulder.
Looking down upon a boulder. | Source
Large boulders are interspersed among the brush.
Large boulders are interspersed among the brush. | Source
Looking down at a large boulder with a lizard on it.
Looking down at a large boulder with a lizard on it. | Source
The lizard is scampering up the boulder.
The lizard is scampering up the boulder. | Source
The lizard is continuing its trek along the large boulder.
The lizard is continuing its trek along the large boulder. | Source
A billowy clouds looks like cotton in the sky of the San Bernardino Mountains.
A billowy clouds looks like cotton in the sky of the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
I walked down Highway 173 a little bit, which is now closed off to traffic.
I walked down Highway 173 a little bit, which is now closed off to traffic. | Source
Moss is growing on the north side of this boulder, which tells me I am headed north towards Hesperia as I am walking down Highway 173.  No, I did not walk all the way down to Hesperia from Lake Arrowhead, but I did once
Moss is growing on the north side of this boulder, which tells me I am headed north towards Hesperia as I am walking down Highway 173. No, I did not walk all the way down to Hesperia from Lake Arrowhead, but I did once | Source
Brush growing in between the boulders.
Brush growing in between the boulders. | Source
The lizard is scampering under the boulder.
The lizard is scampering under the boulder. | Source
The lizard on the rock.
The lizard on the rock. | Source

If you like to see lizards out in nature, you will probably spot a few scampering about large boulders when you hike in locations such as the Pinnacles up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The closeup of our lizard friend on his boulder.
The closeup of our lizard friend on his boulder. | Source
The lizard is glancing up at something.
The lizard is glancing up at something. | Source
The fluffy cloud spotted on a hike.
The fluffy cloud spotted on a hike. | Source
The clouds and the brush on the hillside below.
The clouds and the brush on the hillside below. | Source
The cloud looks like a cotton ball floating through the sky.
The cloud looks like a cotton ball floating through the sky. | Source
What shapes can you see in the clouds.
What shapes can you see in the clouds. | Source
What kind of shapes can you see in the clouds?
What kind of shapes can you see in the clouds? | Source
Clouds rising above the cliff.
Clouds rising above the cliff. | Source
Rocks on the hillside.
Rocks on the hillside. | Source
Cracks in between the rocks on the hillside
Cracks in between the rocks on the hillside | Source
Rays of pink light visible at sunset up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Rays of pink light visible at sunset up in the San Bernardino Mountains. | Source
Pink light shimmering at sunset hour.
Pink light shimmering at sunset hour. | Source
Brilliant orange colors emit from the sky.
Brilliant orange colors emit from the sky. | Source
The bright ball of the sun as it fades beneath the mountains in the distance.
The bright ball of the sun as it fades beneath the mountains in the distance. | Source

After spending the day looking at magnificent boulders and billowy clouds while hiking out by the Pinnacles, it is always enjoyable to top of the day with an amazing sunset.

Southern California truly has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
Southern California truly has some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. | Source
The tangerine color of the sunset is stretching across the sky with the view of Hesperia in the distance.
The tangerine color of the sunset is stretching across the sky with the view of Hesperia in the distance. | Source
Pink and orange meld together at sunset.
Pink and orange meld together at sunset. | Source
The silhouette of a tree branch is quite mesmerizing at sunset.
The silhouette of a tree branch is quite mesmerizing at sunset. | Source
Pink and faint purple on the horizon at sunset.
Pink and faint purple on the horizon at sunset. | Source
I always find the sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains to be quite captivating.
I always find the sunset in the San Bernardino Mountains to be quite captivating. | Source
The beauty of a sunset as you leave the San Bernardino Mountains during this virtual business.  Hope to see you again soon!
The beauty of a sunset as you leave the San Bernardino Mountains during this virtual business. Hope to see you again soon! | Source

Nature Photography

Perhaps you might want to invest in a digital camera before you next hike or trip up to the San Bernardino Mountains.

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi VioletSun,

      Back in 2003 when I lived up in the San Bernardino Mountains I was a bit cavalier, and used to go running out in nature by myself. The bear ran right in front of me, and I thought it was going to attack me for sure. My mom thinks it was tracking something else down and surely would have, but I do have to wonder that it never came near me. I also saw a mountain lion in the distance once, and it never came after me either. I am not taking those risks again by being alone in nature with animals, but it makes me think they do mind their own business more than people think. That is why I am saddened when people shoot beautiful mountain lions just to take a picture with their body like a trophy, or when people shoot a bear and then dispose of its body by cutting off it foot, and throwing it off in the forest. I realize some people hunt for food, and that is one thing, but people who trophy hunt and have no intentions of eating the animal, I find it wasteful and inhumane.

      The sunset are are definitely beautiful in the San Bernardino Mountains, and I always appreciate your comments!

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      VioletSun 

      6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Oh, Julia, the sunset photos are stunning! The clouds above the cliff photo is also my favorite. And yikes about the bear coming up in front of you.

      Voted up and awesome!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Londonlady,

      Your observation about how these photos from the San Bernardino Mountains remind you of something from a movie is pretty accurate, especially since there have been quite a few movies filmed up here. Most likely you have seen some of the countryside in a movie or two. My sister was an extra in the 1998 remake of the Parent Trap, part of which was filmed in Crestline, California.

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      Laura Writes 

      6 years ago

      I was near there last summer and it really is a spectacular place! I'm on the east coast, so for me, seeing them was really like seeing a scene from a movie. Great hub, voted up! :)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Princessa,

      Thanks for your comments! I always enjoy your photos of the French countryside, which are great.

      CreateHubpages,

      Yes, hiking in the mountains is very nice.

      Moonlake,

      I do not live far from Colton now, but yes, the ash can be very horrible when there are fires. Thankfully, there have not been any major fires in the last couple of years.

      Moonlake,

      Glad you enjoyed my pictures :).

      David,

      There are a lot of us who grew up in the Inland Empire area, but I always think it is pretty neat when people share that on the hubs. Small world, to say the least!

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      David R Bradley 

      6 years ago from The Active Side of Infinity

      Lovely photos! Grew up in the Inland Empire and always loved going to the mountains. Peaceful and serene! Looking forward to more pics.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      6 years ago from USA

      I love your photos especially of the sunset. Thanks for sharing.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      I didn't hike in the San Bernardino mountains but I use to live under them. We went in them for picnics. We lived in Colton and when the mountain would be on fire we would get the ashes from the fire. Enjoyed all your nice pictures.

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      CreateHubpages 

      6 years ago

      I love Hiking to a nice Mountains

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      6 years ago from France

      Your sunset photos are awesome. I have never been able to capture a sunset or a rainbow in a photo the way you do. Your photos are really beautiful.

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