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FERN BASIN, CA

Status: Closed through Thu May 22 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

The picturesque Fern Basin Campground is a perfect escape from a busy lifestyle. It provides peace and quiet in the mountains of southern California as well as access to countless recreational opportunities.

Natural Features:

The campground is located in a grove of mixed oaks and shrubs. A surrounding mixed conifer forest provides spotty shade for the campground. It is situated at an elevation of about 6,300 feet, in the mountains overlooking California's desert.

Recreation:

Visitors to the area enjoy hiking on the Marion Mountain Trail, which leads to San Jacinto Peak. Views from the peak extend to the ocean and across the Palm Desert, as well as the San Bernardino and San Gabriel mountains on a clear day. The 11.8-mile Marion Mountain Trail is the shortest route up the mountain, but is also quite strenuous in areas.

Facilities:

The campground offers multiple single-family campsites for both tent and RV camping. Each site is equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Vault toilets are also provided.

Nearby Attractions:

The campground is located approximately 50 miles southeast of San Bernardino, California, and about seven miles north of the small town of Idyllwild, which is known for its shops and restaurants.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Hiking
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing
  • Grocery Store
  • Horseback Riding
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lookout Tower
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Restaurant
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Trailheads
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Drinking water is not available at the campground
  • Fees will be collected at the campground for extra vehicles
  • Click here for more information on the San Bernardino National Forest
  • Call the Idyllwild Ranger Station at 909-382-2922 to check current fire conditions or weather closures
  • 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):
33.78861, -116.73778
33°47'19"N, 116°44'16"W

From Idyllwild, travel north on State Route 243 about 4 miles. Turn right at the campground sign and continue to Forest Service Road 4S02. Turn left and proceed less than a mile to an intersection. Continue straight on the Forest Service Road and turn left into the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FERN BASIN
P.O. Box 518
IDYLLWILD CA 92549

Phone Number:

Information: (909)382-2922