The San Bernardino National Forest is a popular one, mostly thanks to its close proximity to the urban city of San Bernardino. One of the greatest retreats to head to is Serrano Campground, a gorgeous little camping site of the largest lake in the national forest. When heading there, there are plenty of places to camp, and swim. The Alpine Pedal Path Trail provides a pawrific hiking adventure too! This simple little biking and hiking path will offer views, an even walking surface, and access to plenty of amenities.
The campground can get pretty popular every time of the year, thanks to its shoreline location and closeness to the city. Amenities here include restrooms, drinking water, firepits, trash bins, interpretive programs, interpretive trails, picnic areas, and multiple camping sites. After registering at the office, the best way to explore the area is starting on the Alpine Pedal Path Trail, which begins on a road called North Shore Lane on the eastern side of the campground.
The trail is very well kept, and made of asphalt with an 8-foot girth. This trail is covered in shade by tall alpine trees and winds through the camp, offering great views of the lake to the south, and the Sugarloaf and Grinnell Mountains. Although mostly asphalt, the trail has a boardwalk section, and provides fencing on both sides of the trail in others. It will pass through forests and grasslands until it leaves the campground after two miles. The next three miles show off urban spots along the lake and provides access to sandy beaches that are dog-friendly.
The end of the trail stops 3 miles after leaving the camping area on a road called Stanfield Cutoff, right before a bridge that crosses the lake. There's no better way to explore the area and see the pretty water of the lake and the mountains than along the Alpine Pedal Path with Fido.