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OSO GROUP, CA

part ofSan Bernardino National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: OSO GROUP
Status: Closed through Thu May 01 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

The Oso Group Campground is nestled in the beautiful Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino Mountains. It is surrounded by picturesque pine trees and miles of scenic landscape.

In addition to a nearby lake and river access, a variety hiking, biking and horseback riding trails can be accessed from the campground. Its location also provides a great place for visitors to relax, take in the fresh mountain air, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Natural Features:

The campground is located in a dense pine forest, at an elevation of about 6,400 feet. The entrance to the Oso Group Campground is the same as for the neighboring Lobo Group Campground. Both share the region with a variety of wildlife and bird species.

Recreation:

The campground provides access to the famed Santa Ana River Trail, which when completed will travel all the way from the mountains to the pacific ocean, providing spectacular views along the way. It is currently popular for hiking, biking and horseback riding.

The Rio Monte Trail is also accessed from the campground, taking hikers to the Rio Monte Panorama, which overlooks the deep gorge of the Santa Ana River Valley.

Visitors can also enjoy fishing and non-motorized boating at the nearby Jenks Lake, a small mountain lake with a picnic area and access to hiking trails.

The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, as well as largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish and catfish. Rowboats, canoes and kayaks are permitted and fishing is also available at the nearby Santa Ana River.

Facilities:

The group campground offers one large group campsite, available for tent and RV camping. It can accommodate up to 100 people and about 20 vehicles. There are no utility hookups at the site and roads, as well as the parking area, are gravel and dirt.

The site is equipped with multiple tables, a campfire circle and grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided at the campground. Tent pads are shaded but group areas are primarily in the open.

Nearby Attractions:

The Grayback Amphitheater on State Route 38 provides evening educational programs on most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer months. Programs are hosted by the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association and pertain to the area's background that is rich with history.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Circles
  • Grills
  • Group Sites
  • Tables
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Amphitheater
  • Educational Programs
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Lake
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Access
  • Trailheads
  • Tubing
Know Before You Go
  • Bears frequent the area; carefully follow garbage disposal and food storage regulations
  • In accordance with standard industry practices, Mountain Top Recreation will be assessing a $5 additional vehicle fee on the second vehicle in each single family campsite, and on the third and fourth vehicles in any double family campsite, provided these vehicles are not joined to the first vehicle by a hitch and towed onto the site. In the case of motorcycles, the first two are considered to be one vehicle and the third and fourth are also considered to be one vehicle. No additional vehicle fees are collected for bicycles.
  • Click here for more information on the San Bernardino National Forest


Fire restrictions may be imposed at any time due to hot, dry weather conditions, at which time campfires and charcoal fires may not be allowed. For current fire conditions or weather-related closures contact the forest supervisor's office, at (909) 382-2600.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.54528, -119.77472
34°32'43"N, 119°46'29"W

Take I-10 East to Redlands. Take the University Street exit, EXIT 80. Turn left (northbound) on University Street. Turn right onto E. Lugonia Avenue/SR-38. Continue on State Highway 38 for approximately 22 miles to the campground entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

OSO GROUP
SAN BERNADINO
CA
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