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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Fees: There may be area use fees.
Length, One-Way: 16 Miles (26.67 Kilometers)
Time: 30 minutes @ 35 mph

General Information

Description - This U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway and State Scenic Highway crosses the San Bernardino Mountains at Onyx Summit. It features forested mountainsides with far-off desert vistas near the summit.

Attractions - Constructed in 1961 as a modern, access-controlled highway, the road offers a leisurely drive even though it rises 2,000 feet on the south end and 1,600 feet on the north in order to cross the San Bernardino Mountains crest at Onyx Summit. Throughout the area can be seen forested mountainsides with the addition of far-off desert vistas near Onyx Summit.

The entire Rim of the World Scenic Byway is 110-mile route transversing the entire mountain range, from Cajon Pass to San Gorgonio Pass. More information is available by visiting San Bernardino National Forest, Arrowhead Ranger District (see link).

Recreation - The Route 38--Part of the Rim of the World Scenic Byway is known for it's recreational and scenic attractions.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is generally hot in the summer and mild in the winter. During the summer, valley temperatures can soar above 100 degrees while remaining pleasant in the mountains. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. During the winter months higher elevations experience snow and freezing temperatures.

Location - This byway is located in the Inland Empire region of Southern California.US-38 through San Bernardino Mountains near Big Bear. From .1 mile east of Southfork Campground to State Lane Road on route 38 between Redlands and Big Bear City.

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ICON Scenic Driving Route 38--Part of the Rim of the World Scenic Byway
ICON Viewing Scenery Route 38--Part of the Rim of the World Scenic Byway

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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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