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San Bernardino Peak Trail #1W07

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 4.5 (10)

This trail offers outstanding camping and opportunities for incredible panoramic views.


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Map Key

16.7

Miles

26.8

KM

Point to Point

11,496' 3,504 m

High

5,934' 1,809 m

Low

6,681' 2,036 m

Up

1,119' 341 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The best hiking time is June to October. The rest of the year trails are snow covered (often icy and dangerous). Some trails on south-facing slopes may be snow-free longer.

Description

From Angelus Oaks, turn east off Highway 38 onto Manzanita. Then turn to the immediate left onto the frontage road that parallels Highway 38. Turn right onto FS road 1W07 and stay to the right up the dirt road 300 yards to the trailhead (5,960').

Columbine Camp (water usually available-8,000') is 4.7 miles from the trailhead just beyond Manzanita Flats. The camp is to the right (south) of the trail and .7 mile and 300 vertical feet below it. Two miles beyond Columbine Springs Junction is Limber Pine Bench Camp (9,200'). Water is obtained from a spring .3 mile beyond the camp.

Two and two-tenths miles further beyond Limber Pine Camp located on the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail is San Bernardino (10,624') and San Bernardino East (10,691') Peaks. Another two miles east along the Peak Divide Trail is Trail Fork Springs (water available near trail junction-10,400'). The San Bernardino Peak Trail and the Divide Trail both offer outstanding views in all directions. The flatlands of the Inland Empire lay nearly 10,000 vertical feet below Limber Pine Camp and the trail above.

The initial climb through oak trees and chaparral is very beautiful, with views of the San Gabriels, Santa Anas, and the Santa Ana River Valley. Once you get past San Bernardino Peak, it's somewhat monotonous rolling hills, and because of the rounded shape of the ridge there is not usually a view.

Flora & Fauna

The forest is home to many types of wild animals including black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, foxes, bighorn sheep, and mule deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  4.5 from 10 votes

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Photos

Approaching the summit of San Gorgonio Mountain, a.k.a. "Old Greyback"
Aug 24, 2016 near Big Bea…, CA
View from San Bernadino Trail
May 30, 2015 near Big Bea…, CA
Spring Frost
May 30, 2015 near Big Bea…, CA
Top of Mt. San Gorgonio
Jun 27, 2019 near Big Bea…, CA

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Dec 9, 2018
Joy T
Nov 17, 2018
Marcel Chavez
Sep 7, 2018
Kaija Vs
Jul 28, 2018
Valerie Villanueva
Jul 11, 2018
Charm Smith
Jul 1, 2018
Todd B
16.7mi
Apr 14, 2018
Joel Bugay
Oct 28, 2017
Jonathan Kaneshiro
Made it to the top of Peak #4, San Bernardino Peak, 10,649 ft. Took me 9hrs to get to the top and 5 to get down. But spectacular views going up and at 16.7mi — 14h 00m