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National Children’s Forest Circular Stroll

National Children's Forest Circular Stroll, Running Springs, California, USA

Walk Distance: 0.7 miles / 1.1 km

Walk Distance: 0.7 miles / 1.1 km

Walk Duration: 35 minutes at preschooler pace. 

Map: Trail information and maps are available at the National Children’s Forest Visitor Information Center.
Suitable for: Kids in carriers, strollers, little legs and all the family. 

Walk Features: Lovely view of Snow Valley Lake, beautiful back-country scenery, kids will find the fact that this area was replanted by and for children interesting, nature information boards, toilets. 

Kate says: 

‘The National Children’s Forest is a fantastic area of trails in forest replanted by kids after the Bear Fire of 1970. It’s a beautiful area, often bypassed by day visitor to the area on their way to more well-known trails in the area. However it is well worth a stop.

There are many trails starting from this area but the one described below gives a short taster of the area for when you are short on time. The trail is all on paved, stroller and little leg friendly paths but in scenery that still makes you feel a million miles away from city life.

Kids will love the maze-like feel of the walk, the boards with quotes from kids involved in the upkeep of the forest , facts on local nature and Native American tales. Adults will enjoy the scenery and pretty views of Snow Valley Lake.”

Walk Description:

The National Children’s Forest Circular Stroll begins from the parking lot at the top of Keller Peak Road.

Set off down the paved trail adjacent to the toilets.

When the path forks, take the left hand trail.

After a short distance the trail forks once more. The walk route continues on the left hand fork but it is worth taking the short detour up the right hand fork first which leads to a view point. From here you get a glimpse of Snow Valley Lake and lovely vistas of the surrounding mountains and countryside. Return back the way you have come.

Following on from the left hand fork, the trail leads slowly downhill. Eventually it brings you to a small wooded area with a bench from which you have pretty views out over Snow Valley Lake an the kids will enjoy scrambling on the rocks.

To continue the walk turn back onto the trail with the bench and lake views to your left.

The trail rises a little. Ignore the trail joining from the left hand side and continue straight ahead.

Kids will enjoy a stop and scramble at pillow rock!

Eventually the trail rejoins the original outward path. Keep left at this junction and retrace your earlier steps back to the parking lot.

Map of Route:


The National Children’s Forest Circular Stroll starts from the parking lot at the top of Keller Peak Road. Don’t be confused by the Visitor Information Center which is located on the 18 road in a totally different location.

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