"If you like to keep your camping primitive, Boulder Basin Campground is a must. You’ll find yourself inhaling deep breathes of fresh mountain air muddled with the sweet smell of ponderosa and sugar pines. This is also the prime spot for you mountain biker, hiker, and bouldering fanatics. For some killer views of your mighty mountain friends, head to Black Mountain Lookout Tower. Get a more personal experience of the beautiful, forested slopes by taking Black Mountain trial for a moderate level hike. Whether you’re down for a dance-off around campfire or a solo connection with Mother Nature, you’ll find it here. "
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
16 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Bikers can hit all the roads in this forest. We recommend the Arctic Canyon Overlook for the experienced cyclists looking for a...Read more


When the weather just gets too hot, there’s no better place to take refuge than in the San Bernardino National Forest. There ar...Read more


Looking to cast a line? You can, in several lakes and many of the streams! Big Bear Lake is famous for the annual May Trout Cla...Read more


With all of the high peaks and mountain ranges here, there are many moderate and difficult hikes in this forest. Hiking the San...Read more

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is allowed on all National Forest trails-- that means you can venture through all of the wilderness areas, inc...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Get those wheels dirty and head on over to San Bernardino to get away from city traffic. Popular runs include John Bull, Holoco...Read more


The San Gorgonio Wilderness is the perfect place to go mountain climbing, which must be why it’s so popular! Jepson Peak offers...Read more

Snow sports

Your opportunities for national forest fun are endless in the winter. You can find skiing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing, snow...Read more


Swimmers can jump right into Big Bear Lake and some of the Lake Arrowhead lakes, where you can spend the day in the water or do...Read more

Wildlife watching

You can spot wildlife just about everywhere, with the usual raccoons and squirrels, woodland creatures left and right, along wi...Read more


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Hipcamper Dani
Dani D.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 11th, 2015

This is a really nice and secluded campground. You feel very far away from the rest of the world. Great hikes nearby. The only thing is that the dirt road into the campground is a bit long and rough and adds some time to your drive.

Hipcamper Rebecca
Rebecca L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 30th, 2016

Great campground! A sunset hike up to the Black Mountain fire lookout is a must. The views are amazing. The six mile bumpy dirt road to get to the campground is well worth it.

Hipcamper Jim
Jim B.
recommends this listing.
March 20th, 2017

Have good clearance on your vehicle; steep potholed dirt road going up.

Hipcamper Margaret
Margaret C.
recommends this listing.
June 22nd, 2017

Hard to get to without a 4-wheel drive or other car with good ground clearance. In the summer, mosquitoes can be an issue. Love coming here for good bouldering and to get away from the rest of Southern California / LA. The only place down here that I can escape to trees / some semblance of alpine.

Hipcamper Jessie
Jessie J.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 10th, 2018

Really lovely campground for a weekend out of L.A!

The road in can be a little bumpy but it's fine if you don't have a 4WD (I saw a Tesla sedan in there, as well as an old Kombi bus and an ancient Celica!).

The sites are nice but pretty close to each other, so if there's kids or other noisemakers it will feel like they're in your tent with you. Also, I'd avoid the sites next to the restrooms if you can.

Hipcamper Jessie J.
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September 10th, 2018
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August 24th, 2017
San Bernardino National Forest
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33.826° N, 116.756° W
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Tent Only: 9 Sites
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 7 Sites
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