Heart Rock Trail: 25 Ft Waterfall Deep In San Bernardino

Feb 16, 2021

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Distance

1.7 Miles

Time

~35 Min

Difficulty

Easy

Elevation Gain

285 Ft

Season

All Year

Bathrooms

Yes (Parking Area)

Heart Rock Trail is a 1.7-mile, roundtrip loop trail within the community of Crestline, California. This easy to moderate level trail features a naturally heart-carved rock next to a 25-foot waterfall and has an elevation of 285 feet. The trail is open year-round with limited parking available near Camp Seely. Dogs are allowed on leashes. 

Map of Heart Rock Trail

 

Heart Rock Trail Directions & Parking

First, I went ahead and typed in the Heart Rock Trail address: Heart Rock, 250 CA-138, Crestline, CA 92325

Keep in mind that this road is narrow, so drive very carefully if you’re there during the snow season. I highly recommend chains if you don’t drive a 4×4. 

I ended up parking off the side of the road near Camp Seeley: 34.253696, -117.302969

I came on a Saturday morning, a day after it snowed, and there was hardly anyone. But, when the weather is nice, expect it to be difficult to find parking. 

Make sure you head out early to avoid any hassle. 

 

Gear I Used on This Hike

TrailBuddy Hiking Poles 

These poles saved my arse so many times from slipping and falling. Although it’s not too steep, some sections get super slippery when it snows. If you want help with your balance, these are a must.

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Merrel Moab 2 Vent Mid HIking Boots

These are the BEST hiking boots I’ve ever owned. I love these boots so much because they’re super light, perfect for CA’s hot weather, and provide tons of traction for this snowy hike. They’re also waterproof!

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Nalgene Tritan BPA-Free Wide-Mouth Water Bottle

I prefer this 48 oz (1.4 liter) water bottle over a hydration bladder for several reasons: it leaves more room inside my backpack, it’s way easier to clean, and no leaky messes.

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Hike to Heart Rock

When beginning this trail, I spotted the large “Camp Seely” sign. This tells me I’m in the right place.

I walked past the small gate. Unfortunately, they closed the road to cars. So, there’s no way to access the two main parking lots. 

I kept walking until I found this giant log on the ground and spotted another small gate in the distance. 

Be careful not to pass this gate. I almost missed it because I was so mesmerized by all the white, powdery snow!

Here’s a closer look at the small gate that leads to the first actual parking lot, which you currently can’t park in.

The snow was so soft and plush after the snowstorm. I knew this trail was going to be a real treat. 

I came across a pile of logs and the road seemed to split into two. Make sure you stick to the right side and continue on straight. 

A little further down, I came across this swimming pool section. I continued on the left side.   

Here begins the actual trail! I took in that fresh crisp air and admired the beauty of tall pine trees all around. 

Eventually, I reached this fallen tree. There was something beautiful about it. The orange leaves gave a nice color contrast to this white and green trail. 

Don’t be afraid to walk underneath it. 

Further down, I was greeted by another fallen tree, shaped as a perfect arch. It’s almost as if it were intentionally placed there by mother nature. 

Now, I’m almost to the heart and waterfall. 

Finally, I arrived at the last fallen tree. A perfect marker to show I’ve made it! 

Here, you can either make a swift right or go straight down. 

I carefully climbed down these rocks. There a large boulder below that allows you to get a perfect glimpse of the heart!

How is it that nature has carved a perfect heart-shaped rock right next to a waterfall? Truly magnificent and amazing to look at. It’s especially magical when hiking this trail in the snow.

You can definitely feel the love in this small town of Crestline. 

heart rock trail

I wanted a closer look at the waterfall. I cautiously climbed down to the canyon floor and wasn’t disappointed by the sight.

There was a nice water flow accompanied by tons of snow all around. It couldn’t get any better than this!

I highly recommend doing this hike in the snow if you’ve got the right gear for it. Otherwise, it’s still an amazing hike to do year-round. 

Heart Rock Trail is truly one of the most beautiful and romanticized hikes you can do here in SoCal. I give this snow hike a 10/10!

 

History of Camp Seeley

 

I thought I’d share some information on Camp Seeley since Heart Rock Falls was formally known as Seely Creek Falls.

In the 1850s, the Mormon Seely brothers had established a water-powered sawmill at this Crestline location.Unfortunately, winter floods had washed away the water-powered sawmill in the year 1861. 

In 1914, the city of LA decided to purchase the land and name it Camp Seely, naming it after the Seely brothers. 

Now, this camp has about 60 cabins you can rent out, a game room, lodge, and much more. 

 

Restaurant Spotlight

 

Crestline Cafe

 

This cafe serves up classic American food. They serve everything from pancakes and french toast to burgers and steaks. You can’t go wrong. 

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