Siberia Creek Trail

San Bernardino National Forest, California

Elevation Gain3,853ft
Trailhead Elevation5,278ft
Elevation Min/Max5278/7603ft
Elevation Start/End5278/5278ft

Siberia Creek Trail

Siberia Creek Trail is a hiking trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within San Bernardino National Forest. It is 5.2 miles long and begins at 5,278 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,853 feet. Near the end of the trail are a scree and a meadow. This trail connects with the following: Camp Creek Trail and Champion Lodgepole Trail.

Siberia Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Siberia Creek begins in the shallow pond known as Bluff Lake, on the high table-land between Big Bear Lake and the valley of the Santa Ana River.

It flows southwest across this lushly forested tableland, through magnificent stands of white fir, ponderosa and lodgepole pine, and emerald-green meadows of tall grass, ferns, and flowering herbs. Then it abruptly drops down a boulder-filled gorge, finally to empty its spent waters into Bear Creek. Here, set amid alders, oaks, and spruces, is Siberia Creek Trail Camp."

"Hike through magnificent forest, visit a giant tree, take in amazing views, enjoy seasonal Siberia Creek, and marvel at the large granite boulder formations. Siberia Creek is located in a beautiful, wonderfully wooded area on the south side of Big Bear. This means the forest is greener, more lush, and loaded with towering white fir and lodgepole and ponderosa pines."

"Siberia Creek Trail Camp is a small campsite nestled in the forest at the confluence of Siberia and Bear Creeks southwest of Big Bear Lake. It is accessed by three trails, one from Snow Valley, a second from Champion Lodgepole Pine above Big Bear, and a third from Seven Pines on the Santa Ana River to the south. At the time this book went to press, the trail from Champion Lodgepole (1W04) was completely overgrown below Gunsight Notch and the other two routes are brushy and washed out in places. Long pants, long sleeves, gaiters, and even a garden pruner are recommended if the trail has not been recently maintained. However, this trip is an enjoyable adventure for intrepid souls willing to brave the dirt roads and the brush to see a little-visited corner of the San Bernardino Mountains."

"This is the back-door approach to Siberia Creek, coming in from the valley of the Santa Ana River. A 1971 fire destroyed much of the forest cover, mainly live oaks and big cone Douglas-fir. Now the first part of this hike is through open chaparral, exposed to the sun.

For this reason, it is best done on a cool winter or spring day when the other approaches—via the Rim of the World Highway (Highway 18) and Bluff Lake—are snowed in. Rock slides in 2005 damaged the trail. Numerous sections are washed out and some are brushy, but the route is still passable. In such condition, the trail is recommended only for the adventurous and surefooted."

"A major fire raged through the Bear Creek drainage in 1971. Since then, the chaparral cover on the mountain slopes has grown back as vigorous as ever. On the lush canyon bottom, bigcone Douglas-fir, white alder, and canyon live oak protect the bubbling creek and its grassy banks from the sun’s harshness.

Merging with Bear Creek just across from where the trail reaches canyon bottom is beautiful, woodsy Siberia Creek, probably the most delightful sylvan recess in the San Bernardinos outside of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The little singing stream, shaded by an overarching canopy of green, is a favorite of hikers, campers, and fishermen alike. Here, smack in the middle of the overused San Bernardinos, nature reveals her quiet, pristine best."

Siberia Creek Trail Reviews

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Hiked 5 familes with kids ranging 2-8 years old. The first mile is in the forest and is very easy. Everything blossomed and it was beautiful. The second 0.5 mile is O.K for kids, but not great since it is more stiff, and on a cliff. The views are great! It was a great, diverse scenery and easy hike. The only flaw: 5 miles drives on an unpaved road to get there. The last mile of this drive may be too hard for low clearance vehicle, though we managed to do it anyway.

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Trail Information

San Bernardino National Forest
Nearby City
San Bernardino National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Big Bear Lake, Keller Peak (both 7.5-minute)
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Oct 2018