PS - Skyline Group and Heart Bar Camps

  • Fri, August 18, 2023
  • 2:00 PM
  • Sun, August 20, 2023
  • 11:00 AM
  • Heart Bar Campground US Forest Service off Hwy 38


  • This is for a single tent and one vehicle. Additional persons staying in your tent must register separately and be listed below.
  • You must arrive in same vehicle with tent mate; otherwise you will need to register as a tent first person.
  • RV Passengers register seperately
  • GOPS Trip Leaders are not charged when they lead a trip.

Registration is closed

70% chance of rain on Sunday in the mountains--be prepared!

Join GOPS in the cool, high elevation of the San Bernardino Mountains for a two nights, three days, getaway near Big Bear Lake located in forested area with sub-alpine meadows.  Bring your tent or RV to the Skyline Group Camp and adjacent Heart Bar campground. Just 25 minutes from Big Bear Lake, the camp is at 6,900 feet elevation in the secluded Heart Bar area off of Highway 38 at Forest Road 1N02 nestled in alpine and fir forest. The campground is located near Big Meadow, Aspen Grove, and Sugarloaf Mountain areas.  Please note that the directions previously provided were for another area about 3 miles west of Heart Bar. The revised directions are below. 

Schedule Of Events*

Friday, Aug 18

  • 2:00 pm - Check-in.
  • 4:00 pm - Hike in Big Meadow area near campground
  • 6:00 pm - Meet and greet BYOB, bring appetizer to share. Dinner on your own
  • 7:00 pm - Group campfire activities

Saturday, Aug 19

  • 7:00 am - Continental breakfast and coffee at camp
  • 9:00 am - Big Bear Ski Lift: Ride - Dine - Hike down (1.6 mi), or
  • 10:00 am - Hike on Pacific Crest Train from Coon Creek Jumpoff 
  • 6:30 pm - Potluck (bring a dish to share).  
  • 7:00 pm - Group Campfire

Sunday, Aug 20

  • 7:00 am - Continental breakfast and coffee at camp
  • 9:00 am - Hike Jenks Lake 3.2 miles, 1100' elevation gain
  • 12:00 pm - Clean up campground areas. Check out. safe travels home.

*Check campground white board for updates and hike/outing details.  Local attractions include:

  • Old town Big Bear shops
  • Boat tour Big Bear Lake on Miss Liberty
  • 4x4 Trail ride
  • Santa Ana River overlook trail
  • The Rio Monte hiking trail uphill to Jenks Lake and Santa Ana River.

Facilities: This group campground offers one large group campsite, available for tent and RV camping. There are no utility hookups at the site and roads, as well as the parking area, are gravel and dirt. The site is equipped with multiple tables, and campfire circle . Flush toilets (4) and drinking water are provided at the campground. Pay showers and  dump station at nearby at Barton Flats campground. Tent pads are shaded but group areas are primarily in the open. We will have a propane fire-pit for the group. No nearby bike trails.  San Bernardino National Forest information: Click here .

Bears frequent the area; carefully follow garbage disposal and food storage regulations

You must be a paid GO member to register in this category. If you are not a GO member, visit our Join page and sign up as a member and then return here to register for this event.

What to BringTen Essentials, camp chair, camping/cooking gear, nametag, food, warm/cool weather clothing, potluck item.

Driving Directions (revised):  72 miles from Palm Springs via I-10 and SR-38. Continue on State Highway 38. From the Mill Creek Ranger Station go approximately 25 miles to Heart Bar Campground.  Closest Town:  Angeles Oaks to the west and Big Bear Lake to the north.

Climate & Elevation – 6,900 feet. August averages: Hi 88°F Lo 70°F  Current Weather click here

RefundsCancellation for a refund, minus any service charge, must be received by August 01. 

Contact Trip Leaders:  Doug Wylie email:

Quiet Hours - 10 PM – 6 AM

Cell Service – Available depending on your carrier.

Pets: Pets are welcomed, remember the usual - leashed and pick up and dispose of waste.

Camp Etiquette

Noise Be sure your enjoyment does not impact others. Quiet hours are 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. While some people like to stay up late, others like to get up early. Be courteous to your neighbors and observe the quiet times.

Lights Enjoy the stars and the night sky above. Consider how your lights affect others who may be trying to sleep or enjoy the darkness a campground can provide.  Keep lights shielded and pointing down. You may want to turn all lights off completely so you can enjoy the beautiful night sky.

Personal space It's considered rude to enter or pass through another occupied campsite without the occupant's permission. Likewise, you should not set up parts of your campsite that encroach on your neighbor's site.

Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

Local Emergency Contact Information:  Dial 9-1-1 To report all other activities Call  Local Ranger Station  (909) 855-8550 during business hours or (909) 382-2600.  After hours call (909) 383-5654.

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