San Bernardino Peak Trail via Angelus Oaks is a 15.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Angelus Oaks, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
One of the best-kept secrets of Southern California is San Bernardino Mountain. Just five miles away from the highest peak in SoCal - San Gorgonio - San Bernardino tops out at a respectable 10,649 feet. Hiking from Angelus Oaks, this 15-mile out-and-back trail climbs over 4,700 vertical feet. It makes for a very long day hike or a great weekend backpacking trip. This trail has amazing views that begin very early in the hike. San Bernardino Peak is one of the lesser known (and lesser traveled) peaks in SoCal, providing a nice break from the more crowded trails like Mt. San Antonio. There are three distinct sections to this trail. The first section climbs steadily up well-engineered switchbacks through oak and pine forest. You gain a lot of elevation quickly, but the trail is smooth and not too steep. The second section gently climbs through manzanita, with beautiful views to the north towards Big Bear. The trail beings to climb up the final slope as you near Limber Pines. There is a small seasonal creek that you'll cross about 1/2 mile before Limber Pines. Limber Pines is where the weekend backpackers often setup camp, and it makes a great place for a break before your final climb. The third and final section follows switchbacks up the steep slope to Washington's Monument, then parallels the ridge to the top of San Bernardino Peak.
One of the best trails in southern California. Will sometimes just run to the saddle and back to get a quick hike in. The views are pretty spectacular.
Hiked this as an overnight trip on Nov. 2, 2016. Very cold and windy and I had the mountain to myself. Hiked to Limber Pine campground, set up camp and continued to summit. Limber Pine campground is excellent, with a lot of sites with rock wall windbreaks. Water at Limber Pines was flowing, but majority was frozen. Views are excellent and Trail is well maintained. A decent level of fitness is required, especially to summit.
Great trail! We only made it to Manzanita Junction, but it was lovely! We plan to summit next summer. Highly recommend, even if you don't do the whole trail.
Tried this past Monday. Gorgeous fall colors. Rain was heavy with thunder and lighting so we only went up 4 miles then decided to turn around. Will go back but the trail is great and site to behold with changing oak leaf color.
The last 3 miles was a kicker. Not sure if it's because of the elevation but that last 3 miles seemed to take forever! Beautiful hike. Make sure you sign in at the top. It's in a tin can. I totally missed it. Didn't know until other members of our hiking group told me about it after the hike.
Great hike but very long. My gps showed 18 miles. The incline is gradual, not very steep.
This hike was great! Very long but totally doable. The incline is very steady and not steep whatsoever. The views are all around amazing throughout the hike. Hiking through the flats was amazing and being able to see other peaks along the way was great too. You can see big bear lake once you're closer to this peak. It's very easy to follow the trail and you'll cross Limber Pines campground if you decide to camp out during your hike. I am not sure if you need to let the rangers know about your stay, but I would think so as there are rangers hiking and asking for your permit. You need a hiking permit for this hike so make sure to get one ahead of time online and fax or mail it in. It will take a couple of days to process and you can pick it up at the ranger station on your way up. You can also show up the day of (they open at 8am) and get one. However, they do not guarantee permits the same day. Definitely recommend this hike!
Long, but easy hike. Slow incline and at the last part to the top is the steepest incline, but it's short.