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Location and Accessibility

Barton Flats Campground is located in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. The campground is situated at an elevation of approximately 6,400 feet, offering a cool retreat from the surrounding desert and valley areas during the summer months. It is accessible via Highway 38, which is the main road through the area. The exact location can be found using GPS or a map of the San Bernardino National Forest.

Campground Features

Facilities: The campground features a range of facilities including picnic tables, fire rings, flush toilets, and drinking water. Some sites may have bear boxes for food storage, so check the specific site details when booking.

Sites: There are sites available for RVs, trailers, and tents. The campground includes both reservable and first-come, first-served sites. RV sites might have length restrictions, so be sure to check before booking if you are bringing an RV.

Amenities: Although there are no electric, water, or sewer hookups available at the individual campsites, the campground provides amenities such as restrooms and potable water.


Hiking: Barton Flats area is home to numerous trails suitable for hikers of all levels. The famous Pacific Crest Trail is accessible from the area, providing a chance for longer hikes and backpacking trips.

Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing in the nearby streams and lakes. Jenks Lake, located a short drive away, is a popular spot for fishing for rainbow trout.

Wildlife Viewing: The area is known for its wildlife. Visitors might have the opportunity to see animals like black bears, mountain lions, deer, and various bird species.

Wildlife and Safety

Bear Country: The campground is located in bear country, so proper food storage is critical. Use bear-proof containers and keep your campsite clean to minimize attractants.

Mountain Safety: Because of its mountain location, visitors should be prepared for sudden weather changes and cooler temperatures, especially at night.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations: It's advisable to make reservations well in advance, especially during the peak season, as this campground is quite popular. Reservations can be made via Recreation.gov or by calling the reservation line.

Fees: There is a fee for camping at Barton Flats Campground. The rates can vary depending on the site and amenities, so it is best to check the current fees when booking your site.

Regulations and Guidelines

Length of Stay: There is typically a maximum stay limit, which is usually around 14 days. Check the current guidelines to confirm.

Campfire Permits: Depending on the season and fire danger levels, campfire permits may be required for any open flame, including camp stoves.

Quiet Hours: Quiet hours are usually enforced to ensure a peaceful environment for all campers.

Pets: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times. Be sure to check for specific pet regulations.

Environmental Stewardship

Leave No Trace: Campers are encouraged to follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural beauty of the area. This includes packing out all trash, staying on trails, and leaving natural features undisturbed.

Conservation: The San Bernardino National Forest is a protected area, so visitors should respect flora and fauna, and abide by all rules designed to conserve the environment.

Remember that conditions and regulations can change, so it's always best to check the latest information provided by the U.S. Forest Service or official campground website before planning your trip.

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