San Bernardino Peak Trail via Angelus Oaks

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San Bernardino Peak Trail via Angelus Oaks is a 15.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Angelus Oaks, CA that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

15.7 miles 4697 feet Out & Back

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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.

hiking
13 days ago

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

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.

walking
1 month ago

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.

trail running
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Great hike but very long. My gps showed 18 miles. The incline is gradual, not very steep.

hiking
1 month ago

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!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Long, but easy hike. Slow incline and at the last part to the top is the steepest incline, but it's short.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. I did this hike last Thursday and only saw one other person. There's still a creek following well enough to pump from about ⅔ of the way up. I got started late, about 10:30 and didn't finish until 6:30. It was good hike for my dog. He's an Australian Shepard mix had a blast. He was actually almost tired at the end of it!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail with amazing views. Loved every minute of this hike.

backpacking
4 months ago

Did this amazing hike for a second time. This time a group backpacking trip. Got a permit in the AM and slept over at Limber Pines. The spring there was running. The summit views were spectacular. Very windy overnight though.

4 months ago

Great yet challenging hike most times of the year. I did this hike last November with 70% of the trail covered in 2"-6" of snow. Advantages were less body shock (thanks to snow cushion) and I only used 2/3 liters of water. Slower pace due to sometimes slipping in snow. Yesterday 8-6-16, temperatures started at 7:30am in the low 60's and ended around 3:45pm in the low 80's. Took me 7.5 hours total, with a 45 minute break at the top. 4.5 hours up, 3 hours down. Slower probably because I'm a 225 lb 40 year old. Anyway, yesterday was pretty windy, with its presence felt even at the midway point. Just needed a long sleeve with shorts. Wish I would have had a stocking cap for the top. Shade for 50% of this hike, much appreciated. Surprisingly several sections with bees/wasps, you're forced to walk through, but none really pose a threat. Steady climb with all the way to the end. Pretty flat in the middle. Sometimes towards the top you think it's over, but the end wraps around. Be sure to go to a small bench, right where the trails does a 180 degree turn and heads to the top...right by the little monument. Spectacular picture taking point! Love this hike. As the last gentleman mentioned, my GPS also showed 16.5 miles and 4,723' elevation gain.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this on 7/29/16. A good hike. Great views all the way up...although the peak itself was a bit anticlimactic as the view is somewhat obstructed. The trail was in great condition. A fairly long hike but not too bad. The grade is not very steep. It was HOT though...started at 6 AM, the hike took 6 1/2 hours, and it was in the 90's when I finished. A fair amount of shade though. My GPS showed 16.5 miles with 4,701 feet in elevation gain. The little creek was flowing about a gallon a minute according to the park ranger I ran into on the trail. He was coming down the mountain after being up there for two days - said it never really cooled down, even at 9,300 feet. Anyhow, a good hike!

4 months ago

Pretty challenging. I did it as a trail run/hike (any trail run worth a damn includes some hiking) in the middle of summer during a heat wave. Some parts are somewhat technical with rocks and loose shards where I was glad I had trekking poles. I left the parking lot around 6:30 AM and it was already warm by mid-morning at the summit. Almost all the springs had flowing water. Limber Pine Springs was the best. Carry a water filter and refill as you go. Permits are also obtainable at the Fawnskin infocenter. One more thing: swarms of mosquitos up to Manzanita Flats.

backpacking
4 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

Spectacular views of Baldy, Jacinto, Gorgonio, etc. Hit both peaks and camped at Limber Pines for the night. Got treated to a great sunset. No permits were left via fax so I just showed up at the ranger station when they opened and got the walk in permit. Our group was one of two at the campground. Just saying. Awesome hike with some challenge to it and amazing views.

hiking
5 months ago

There is nice shade over the trail half the time. Beautiful views. If the heat wont get you the distance might, so water up!! Definitely would do it again!

5 months ago

I did the hike in the end of June and It was hot!!! I Ran out of water and had chest pain. There is one stream. About 6.5 miles up, but I forgot to bring my water filter... It was actually 8.2 miles up and 8.2 back. Maybe next time, I'll do an overnighter.