Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Fern Basin

The picturesque Fern Basin Campground is a perfect escape from a busy lifestyle. It provides peace and quiet in the mountains of southern California as well as access to countless recreational opportunities.

Recreation

Visitors to the area enjoy hiking on the Marion Mountain Trail, which leads to San Jacinto Peak. Views from the peak extend to the ocean and across the Palm Desert, as well as the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains on a clear day. The 11.8-mile Marion Mountain Trail is the shortest route up the mountain, but is also quite strenuous in areas.

Facilities

The campground offers multiple single-family campsites for both tent and RV camping. Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Vault toilets are also provided.

Natural Features

The campground is located in a grove of mixed oaks and shrubs. A surrounding mixed conifer forest provides spotty shade for the campground. It is situated at an elevation of about 6,300 feet, in the mountains overlooking California's desert.

Nearby Attractions

The campground is located approximately 50 miles southeast of San Bernardino, California, and about seven miles north of the small town of Idyllwild, which is known for its shops and restaurants.

ADA Access: N

Sites
22
Price
$10.00 - $33.97
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Features
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Reservable
Toilets
Trash Available
Location
Fern Basin is located in California
Latitude
33.7886 N
Longitude
-116.7378 W
Get Directions
Directions
From Idyllwild, travel north on State Route 243 about 4 miles. Turn right at the campground sign and continue to Forest Service Road 4S02. Turn left and proceed less than a mile to an intersection. Continue straight on the Forest Service Road and turn left into the campground.
1 Review of Fern Basin
First to Review
Remote and Lovely

Nice campground outside of Idyllwild. Typical amenities however campground is unhosted so bring firewood from town. We scrounged and found plenty to burn. No stores that nearby for ice so come stocked.