Rick S.
Apple Valley, CA
Joined May 2018
Partially shaded campground off dirt road

This is a nice campground that is located a little north of Big Bear. There is a dirt road that must be driven a couple miles to the campground, but it was well maintained and was easy to drive in our mini van.

The campground hosts were great and treated all of us very well. They did make a bigger deal of rattle snakes than they did with bears. There are food lockers.

The toilets were for the most part clean. There is running water faucets located at various points in the campground.

There is a hiking trail that starts from this campground.

Most sites are partially shaded and maintained very well. It is a very busy campground with some site fairly close to others. Very limited to no cell service.

Could be better, like it once was

Been here many times since it is local to me.

This place has changed a lot over the years, and not necessarily for the good, in my opinion.

What there is:

  • Trailer camping
  • Tent camping
  • Fishing
  • A playground
  • Small water park
  • Two lakes to fish at
  • Trains, lots of them
  • Bathrooms with showers
  • Frisbee golf
  • Picnic tables and shelters

What there is no longer:

  • Paddle boats
  • Horse riding stables
  • Horses and cows
  • Other interesting animals
  • Water in the grass fields where the animals roamed
  • Arenas

Beware of skunks and loud trains!

It is still a somewhat nice place to visit for a couple hours with the kids.

We have camped in a tent. The tents sites are adjacent to the lake.

Trailer camping isn't too bad, other than being adjacent to the busy railroad. Most sites have grass.

Desert Camping

This is a fairly nice place to camp. I would avoid camping here during the summer since it does get very hot. It is closed during the winter months, but you can still catch some cooler weather when it first opens during the season.

There is not much for shade in the areas for RV/Trailer camping.

Not much to do here other than hiking and kicking back. The Pacific Crest Trail passes nearby.

It is away from the populated cities, but not far from them. It still gives you a sense of seclusion.

There is water and electricity hookups, along with a dump station and separate tent camp spaces.

Excellent somewhat secluded campground

I have been to this campground twice now. I would love to go back again one day. There is a nice size creek that runs adjacent to the campsites, which appears to run only during snow melt. It was dry one of the times we camped there, the other time it was flowing very good. I would estimate that it was probably around 40-50 feet wide when we went there. You do have to drive through the creek to get to the campground, so a small car probably would not be advisable when it is really flowing. I drove my small Toyota pickup through it with no problem.

A forest adventure pass was required.

Campsites were very clean. Has pit toilets, which were also very clean. No electricity or water at the camp site. No dump station. Has fire rings.

We tent camped both times.

A mother bear and her two cubs did visit us on one of the visits. We did find what looked like mountain lion footprints. There is wild life. No bear containers at the time.

This campground is nestled in a valley/canyon and is next to Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp #41.

There really are no views other than the surrounding trees and landscape, but was still very beautiful.

It is a very quiet place to stay. Depending on the traffic from the nearby Highway 2, you might hear some of that traffic, but it is not bad at all.

At the time of visiting, we did not have cell phone service in that canyon.