Heaps Peak Arboretum

Skyforest, California 92385

Heaps Peak Arboretum

Heaps Peak Arboretum Professional Review and Guide

"The Heaps Peak Arboretum offers a pleasant stroll through trees and wildflowers of the San Bernardino Mountains. It is situated just above where Fred Heaps established a pioneering ranch in the late 1800s.

The area burned in 1922 and was replanted by the Lake Arrowhead Women’s Club with the assistance of students from the Lake Arrowhead Elementary School. The site was abandoned in the middle of the century but was restored in 1982 by George Hesemann and the Rim of the World Interpretive Association, which now maintains the arboretum."

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"The Heaps Peak Arboretum is one of the best places to learn how to recognize trees commonly found in the San Bernardino Mountains. The handicappedaccessible trail makes a short loop through the forest, stopping at interpretive signs identifying Coulter and sugar pine, black oak, white fir, and incense cedar, and ending at a grove of giant sequoias. It is open yearround 24-hours a day, and is well worth a stop while driving between Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear. Volunteer staff are usually available on weekends from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. to answer questions."

"Learn about natural history, fire ecology, and forest wildflowers on this short, informative trail. The site was constructed from 1923 to 1931 by the Lake Arrowhead Women’s Club and is maintained by volunteers from the Rim of the World Interpretive Association. The area has gone through a couple of rough patches due to fire and disrepair, but none of that is evident today. Start at the kiosk to get an overview of important information on the bark beetle, flowering plants, activities, and a photo exhibit. From there follow the signs and numbered stops marked in the pamphlet."

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Trail Information

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Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
100 feet
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Pick up an interpretive trail guide at the Forest Information kiosk. The guide describes plants at 25 numbered posts along the loop. On weekends between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the Forest Information kiosk is staffed with volunteers when the weather permits.
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Oct 2018