Claudia and Jim Oakes of San Bernardino, Calif., frequently use their 2000 19-foot Salem travel trailer for family outings in the San Bernardino National Forest – San Gorgonio Wilderness area.
For more than ten years, one of their favorite destinations has been the Barton Flats campground. It is located 36 miles northeast of San Bernardino; and within 25 miles of Big Bear Lake.
For the past two years, the Oakes’ extended family has spread across five camping sites. “Last year my son, Jack, his wife, Judy, and I cooked breakfast for 42 people,” says Claudia.
Activities include hiking trails of all levels, movies and programs in the amphitheater, and Jenks Lake is nearby for swimming and fishing. The visitors center opens for the 2010 summer season on June 3 (Thursday-Sunday). Facilities include flush toilets, showers and a dump station.
Photo: Top: The Oakes’ grandson, Curren, then 5, stands in the doorway of the Oakes’ 2000 19-foot Salem travel trailer. Courtesy of Claudia Oakes. Bottom: Santa Ana River by Oscar Hendrix; source: Barton Flats Camp Association.