San Bernardino National Forest

San Bernardino National Forest is a United States national forest that is located in the state of California. This forest encompasses 823,816 acres of protected land, which is divided into two separate areas by mountain ranges known as the San Bernardino Mountains located in the east and the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains located in the north. This forest holds eight designated wilderness areas, some of which overlap into Angeles National Forest, including Cucamonga Wilderness, San Gorgonio Wilderness, Santa Rosa Wilderness, and Sheep Mountain Wilderness.

San Bernardino National Forest is divided into one northern and one southern portion on United States Geological Survey maps. The western border of the park, which adjoins Angeles National Forest, extends north and south for about ten miles. The widest area of the northern section of the forest extends through fifty-seven miles, while the widest point in the southern section of the forest extends for twenty-seven miles in a north-south direction and thirty miles in an east-west direction. The northern portion of this area holds the Morongo Indian Reservation and Mount San Jacinto State Wilderness.

Elevations within San Bernardino National Forest range between 2,000 and 11,499, supporting a variety of plant life including coniferous trees like Ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, western Juniper, Canyon-live oak, and Pacific dogwood. The forest holds 87,400 acres of old-growth forest containing a mixture of fir and pine trees. It is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and there are three district offices. This forest holds residential communities and resorts for guests, as well as a research station owned by the University of California and historical sites.

Image Caption: Pine trees in the San Bernardino Mountains, CA, USA. Credit: Scottthezombie/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)