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Baldy Mesa

Friday, April 15, 2022

Other Names

San Bernardino National Forest, Front Country Ranger District, Trestles, Cajon Pass

Last Known StatusOpen

This popular area recently reopened after a period of closure due to fire damage. Thanks to the Forest Service, California State Parks and local clubs, improvements have been made which include the addition of a designated staging area with picnic tables, signage, loading ramp and restrooms.

The ATV trails are marked and rated and have moderate elevation changes and many follow a ridgeline. Vegetation is sparse but consists of various scrub brush and Joshua trees.

An "Adventure Pass" is required for all vehicles parked in the staging areas, which can be picked up at the local ranger station. Call before you haul.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted from Oct 1 to April 30
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated forest service roads
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
(maximum width 50 inches)
permitted on designated forest service roads
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNoriding permitted during daylight hours only
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trails
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size6,400 acres (10 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail23
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation3450 to 4600 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has some roads.Some
ShadeThis national forest has no shaded areas.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SW)Circle K (760) 249-6105
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SW)Circle K (760) 249-6105
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Bonita Ranch Campground and RV Sites (909) 887-3643
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Bonita Ranch Campground and RV Sites (909) 887-3643
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Bonita Ranch Campground and RV Sites (909) 887-3643
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SW)Applewhite Campground (909) 382-2851
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SW)Circle K (760) 249-6105


ParkingYes ($5.00)
Adventure Pass Fee - $5/day or $30/year


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityPhelan, CA
AddressSanta Fe Road, Phelan, CA 92371
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: San Bernardino, CA
1) Take I-15 North to Exit 131
2) As you exit the off ramp look to right for dirt road that runs parallel to I-215 North, turn here (do not get back on freeway)
3) Follow dirt road north about 1.5 miles toward staging area.


Contact InfoSan Bernardino National Forest - Front Country Ranger District
1209 Lytle Creek Road
Lytle Creek, CA 92358
(909) 382-2851


Baldy Mesa Trail Photo

Baldy Mesa Trail

Photo Submitted 10/14/2019 (Thanks!)

Baldy Mesa Trail Photo

Baldy Mesa Trail

Photo Submitted 1/24/2020 (Thanks!)

Baldy Mesa Trail Photo

Baldy Mesa Trail

Photo Submitted 10/14/2019 (Thanks!)

Baldy Mesa Trail Photo

Baldy Mesa Trail

Photo Submitted 10/14/2019 (Thanks!)

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