Children’s Forest Exploration Trail

Springville, California

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This lovely uphill hike on a multi-use trail with mellow switchbacks rewards hikers and dogs with fresh forest scents of pine, oak canopies, and inspiring views across boulder canyons and mountaintops. The trail’s unique trademark is that it was “designed by children and built by a community.” The trail begins off Keller Peak Road at an interpretive panel illustrating the cooperative process that created the gem you are about to enjoy with pooch at your side. The trail is narrow but well worn and maintained as it climbs up the slope through a mix of manzanita, pine, and oak woodland dotted with magnificent stacks of granite boulders. There is only one dry creek- bed crossing near the bottom of the trail and two locations where the trail crosses an old dirt road winding up through the forest.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This lovely uphill hike on a multi-use trail with mellow switchbacks rewards hikers and dogs with fresh forest scents of pine, oak canopies, and inspiring views across boulder canyons and mountaintops. The trail’s unique trademark is that it was “designed by children and built by a community.”

The trail begins off Keller Peak Road at an interpretive panel illustrating the cooperative process that created the gem you are about to enjoy with pooch at your side. The trail is narrow but well worn and maintained as it climbs up the slope through a mix of manzanita, pine, and oak woodland dotted with magnificent stacks of granite boulders. There is only one dry creek- bed crossing near the bottom of the trail and two locations where the trail crosses an old dirt road winding up through the forest.

© 2016 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Springville
Distance: 9.0
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 6,024 feet
Top Elevation: 7,316 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mountaintop Ranger District Big Bear Discovery Center, P.O. Box 69, 40971 N. Shore Dr./Hwy. 38, Fawnskin 92333; (909) 382-2790. San Bernardino fs.usda.gov/sbnf. National Children’s Forest Information Visitor Center 32573 SH-18, Running Springs 93285; (909) 867-5996; mountainsfoundation.org. The Children’s Forest Visitor Center is open weekends from Memorial to Labor Day. Youth Volunteers provide information and maps for hiking, biking, and camping.
Local Maps: USGS Keller Peak; San Bernardino National Forest; Children’s Forest Exploration Trail Map from the Visitor Center
Driving Directions: Directions to Children’s Forest Exploration Trail

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