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General Information

Crab Flats Campground is a recreational facility located in the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. This campground offers a more secluded setting for campers who want to enjoy the great outdoors.

Location and Access

Crab Flats Campground is situated at a higher elevation in the mountains, typically providing a cooler alternative to the hot valley floor. Access to the campground can vary depending on the season because of snow and weather conditions. It's important for visitors to check current road conditions and closures by contacting the San Bernardino National Forest ranger district prior to their trip.

Camping Facilities and Fees

The campground includes various amenities:

  • Campsites with picnic tables and fire rings
  • Vault toilets
  • No water on site, visitors must bring their own
  • Accommodations for both tent and small RV/trailer camping, although there are no hookups available

Camping fees at Crab Flats Campground vary by season and demand. It's advisable to check the latest rates and reserve a site in advance through the National Recreation Reservation System or a similar service, as the campground might fill up quickly, especially during peak seasons.

Recreation Opportunities

The area is known for:

  • Hiking trails in the vicinity, offering scenic views and the potential to see local wildlife
  • Mountain biking on designated trails
  • Off-road vehicle trails for those with properly equipped vehicles (OHV)

Permits may be required for certain activities, so campers should ensure they have the necessary passes or permissions first.

Campground Regulations

  • Fire Safety: Given the risks of forest fires, there may be restrictions on campfires, especially during fire season. Always check current fire conditions and restrictions before igniting a fire.
  • Trash and Waste: The campground operates under a "pack it in, pack it out" principle, meaning campers should leave no trace of their stay. All trash and waste should be removed from the site when departing.
  • Wildlife: The campground is in a natural setting, which means wildlife is present. Proper food storage and disposal are crucial to avoid attracting animals to the camping area.

Preparation and Safety

Given the campground's mountain setting, it's important for campers to:

  • Monitor the weather forecasts as mountain weather can be unpredictable and can change rapidly.
  • Bring suitable clothing for cooler temperatures, especially at night.
  • Carry a map of the area, as mobile phone service can be unreliable or non-existent.
  • Have a first aid kit and emergency supplies on hand.

Reservation and Contact Info

For the most current information, visitors should check with the San Bernardino National Forest:

  • Website: For reservations, maps, and specific site information, visit the official Forest Service website or a partner site.
  • Phone: Call the local ranger district office for up-to-date information on campground status, road conditions, and any questions regarding the area.
  • Physical Address: Locate the ranger station or Forest Service office nearest to the Crab Flats Campground for in-person inquiries.

Campers looking to enjoy the unique natural setting of the Crab Flats Campground should plan their visit carefully to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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