Are you looking for a great hike for the whole family in the San Bernardino Mountains? Well, we have the best local place for family hiking at Heaps Peak Arboretum in Lake Arrowhead. Also, this trail is good for those who use a stroller or wheelchair. So be sure to make plans to hike in the forest when you stay at Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins!
Because Heaps Peak Arboretum is located in the San Bernardino Mountains near Lake Arrowhead, it is so easy to find. It is located on the historical Rim of the World Scenic Highway 18 about 2 miles east of Sky Forest.
For decades visitors have traveled to Lake Arrowhead to enjoy the San Bernardino Mountains. But, the good news is it is just a short drive from Pine Rose Cabins!
While you and your family visit Heaps Peak Arboretum, you must experience The Sequoia Trail. It is an easy one-mile loop hike perfect for families with young children.
“The Sequoia Trail” is a must hike when you visit the San Bernardino Mountains. So be sure to take your kids on this hike because they will learn about the forest and the local wildlife, plants, and animals!
Also, pack food for your lunch and enjoy it at their picnic tables under tall pine trees. Plus, they have restrooms and water fountains. Because the trail is open 365 days a year, you can go any time.
Family Hiking at Heaps Peak Arboretum in Lake Arrowhead
Learn about the many plants and wildflowers that grow in the mountains
Look for educational and interpretive signs to guide you on the trail
Discover the native trees that have been growing for a long time
Sit and relax on the benches and listen to the wide variety of birds
Check out the “footprint trail” with animal tracks there are sealed in cement
Find the “cone boxes” that display the pine cones natural to the area
Locate the three footbridges that go over a creek
Try to find the watering hole where wildlife can be seen
Walk through the Giant Sequoia and Dogwood groves
Wander in the gardens where over 30 species grow naturally
There are plenty of drinking fountains and restrooms
The admission to Heaps Peak Arboretum is free. But, you will need a $5 National Forest Adventure Day Pass for parking, and use of the trail.
Just ask one of our friendly Guest Relations Agents at Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins for places to buy one prior to your hike. But, you can buy one at the Lake Arrowhead Communities Chamber of Commerce at Lake Arrowhead Village daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Plus, it is always a good idea to plan for a safe hike in the San Bernardino Mountains. Because we want you to have a fun family hiking at Heaps Peak Arboretum in Lake Arrowhead near Arrowhead Pine Rose Cabins!
Plan For a Safe Family Hike at Heaps Peak Arboretum
- Wear comfortable shoes or boots
- Drink plenty of water, and take extra with you
- Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to protect you from the sun
- Bring a picnic lunch, or snacks to keep your energy up
- Wear the right clothes to keep you warm, or cool and remember in the shade the temperature can be 10 degrees cooler
- Carry a backpack with your items inside
- Always take any trash back with you
- Stay together and never stray from the trail
- Bring a flashlight and compass for more safety