GATEWAY TO THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS

Running Springs | Arrowbear Lake | Green Valley Lake

Running Springs Area

Our mountain community is located 6,000 feet above sea level in the heart of the San Bernardino Mountains. Running Springs is only 90 minutes east of Los Angeles, 90 minutes from Orange County, and 2 hours north of San Diego.

We are centrally located between Snow Valley Ski Resort and Lake Arrowhead, and 17 miles west of Big Bear Lake.

Running Springs History

The mule drawn Log Hauler or “slip tongue” depicts the rich history of logging in the Running Springs area, which in 1890 was first named “Hunsaker Flats.”

Immigration to the valley below and the orange groves of Redlands set the stage for the logging industry for box crates and building lumber in the San Bernardino Mountains. 

The Highland Lumber Company and later the Brookings Lumber Company conducted substantial logging operations from Fredalba to Green Valley Lake. They even operated a narrow gauge railway for transporting logs to the mill located in what is now Fredalba and Smiley Park, directly south of Running Springs. Lumber was precariously hauled down the “City Creek Toll Road,” later named Highway 330.

The logging industry gave way to property investors and in the 1920’s the first community subdivisions for vacation properties and camps arose. With the continued population growth of Southern California, these beautiful San Bernardino Mountains have provided unsurpassed opportunities for recreation and year-round living. Come and discover the majesty of the Running Springs Area, the “Gateway to the San Bernardinos!”

By Mike Scullin

Running Springs sign and message board.

Our Chamber Mission

The Running Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is an independent advocate of business interests for its diverse membership, exercising its influence regionally to create a strong local economy. The purpose of the Chamber shall be to promote the commercial, industrial and civic interests of the Running Springs Area by sponsoring and encouraging:

  • Advertising for the area
  • Better living & working Conditions
  • The promotion of year-round recreational activity
  • The conservation of the natural resources of this community

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The Running Springs Communities of Running Springs, Arrowbear and Green Valley Lake are truly the Gateway to the San Bernardino Mountains. With thousands of visitors enjoying the beauty and recreational activities of the San Bernardino National Forest as well as nearly 6,000 residents, our business community provides essential services and products to residents and visitors.

Being an incorporated area, the Chamber also functions as an advocate for the community in government-related matters and also organizes community activities such as the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in December and the Easter Egg Hunt held in the Spring.

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