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Pets allowed
Yes
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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This is a well-developed roadside picnic area along CA-38 east of Redlands. If you are traveling the highway to Forest Falls or Big Bear, Thurman Flats makes a nice stop along the way. It sits above the banks of Mill Creek, a major tributary of the Santa Ana River. During much of year, you can see the creek trickling with storm runoff or snowmelt from the slopes of nearby San Gorgonio Mountain. This is also a great place to spot wildlife, especially birds that favor the streamside vegetation. This canyon serves as a stopover for many species that migrate between North America and South America.

A perfect rest stop for human travelers as well, Thurman Flats features picnic tables, grills, trash cans, and toilets, and there is plenty of space to stretch the legs and relax in the shade. Though the paved picnic area is some distance uphill from the creek, a few short trails lead through the brush and down to the streambed.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

California Adventure Pass

Pros

Picnic shelter and picnic area. Proximity to San Gorgonio Wilderness and Forest Falls.

Cons

No direct access to Mill Creek.

Address

CA-38
Mentone, CA 92359
United States

Features

Flushing toilets
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California
San Bernardino National Forest
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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