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Bill Stephens reviewed Gold Mountain Trail
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

This is a great trail.....challenging and fun! A little different every time. A must do trail in Big Bear!!

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HikingIcyRockySnow

I started at 1030 off the main road. The NFSR is a warm up. Once you hit the trail (you will see the sign that says wilderness area) turn right and stay on the trail until the top. There are no switchbacks so you feel the grades for sure. Once you hit the Ridgeline, things get a little easier. The views though didn’t seem that great. I was expecting more, but it was a semi cloudy day to the south while big bear was sunny. There is snow on the trail at about .5 from the summit. I didn’t need spikes, but I had a solid mountaineer boot on so it helped with traction. Make sure you take into consideration temp at the summit. It was 52 degrees at the trailhead and it was snowing at the top. Bring your gloves, warm jacket, head gear etc if you plan to climb in the spring.

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Daniel Chupco reviewed Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
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little snow and ice near the top. just keep an eye on the trail, no spikes needed, poles recommended.

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Elizabeth Weingarten reviewed Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
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Great but lots of snow for the last .5 mile or so.

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Steve Olsen reviewed Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
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HikingGreat!Snow

The gate was open. I was the only hiker the whole time. There were some fields of snow to cross but they were no problem. The trail is well marked and would be difficult to get lost. The views are terrific

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Kevin Bostic reviewed Jepson Peak via South Fork Trail
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Isn't the San Gorgonio Wilderness closed due to the fires last year?

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Dan Tadych reviewed Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

Almost six hours to the summit and back. Had a small dog with me, so probably could go faster solo. Good views up the final 2.5 mile ascent. Had some difficulty staying on trail the final stretch with snow coverage still. Good trek, but will prolly hike others before doing this again, or at least until more snow melts.

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Craig Granados reviewed Gold Mountain Trail
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

took us (3 jeeps) 6 hours to complete with some stops to check out the views. not very difficult but a lifted 4x4 is necessary in my opinion. we say some groups during the trail which sucks. if people keep citing the trail they will close the trail till everyone and that would suck. challenging but fun, moderate trail

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MICHAEL WANG reviewed Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
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HikingIcy

The gate is still closed, but I do see people just park in front of the gate along the road. People are parking across the street too. Some area of the trails are still covered by snow, but definitely it’s doable. The last half mile before summit, it’s better to avoid northside of hill. Micros pikes are not needed but poles are helpful. A lot of shade along the way. GPS recorded 12.3 miles. Finished in 5.5 hours.

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Christina endo reviewed Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
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It’s a workout

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David Rooks reviewed Gold Mountain Trail
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!MuddyRocky

Great day out on the trail, no other groups, able get to and through the obstacles with no issue. Back side still has a little snow, nothing on the trail, but it does make for a muddy decent.

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Jorge Escobedo reviewed Jepson Peak via South Fork Trail
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Hola Snowshoes required at about 4.5 miles in. Micro spikes will not work but will help in some areas. Beautiful day but I was not prepared. I should have brought snow shoes and micro spikes.

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Doug Brantley reviewed San Jacinto Peak Loop Trail
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Stunning views, definitely challenging. Mostly snow and slush above Strawberry Junction, microspikes help most at the peak and in the morning when the snow is compact. Camped on snow at Little Round Valley and it was epic!

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nick jones reviewed San Jacinto Peak Loop Trail
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after about 5 miles or so the trail got tough to follow, just completely buried in snow. eventually it was almost impossible to locate and I was using the alltrails app to see where I was every few minutes got to little round valley before the snow got the best of me and turned around great scenery, nice steady inclines, wanna try it again when there's not as much snow

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Comrade Smiles reviewed San Jacinto Peak Loop Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Friday, 02/26/2021 Started at 10:15am, reached summit at sunset(5:47pm), back down at midnight. Took sporadic breaks to acclimate/take in views/eat some snacks. Took Deer Springs Trailhead all the way up the left side of the loop and took the same route back down. No snow until about Strawberry Junction. After that point, it started patchy for a mile or so, but gradually built to 1-2ft and eventually 3-4ft in some places along the slope near the top. The trail was well packed but icy, so microspikes are beneficial. From the last mile to the summit, the trail wasn’t defined, so we followed some hardened, leftover snowshoe trails straight up the side. The wind picks up near the peak, so be sure to have extra layers to throw on to insulate. Hit the summit at Sunset, then booked it back down with headlamps. At night, the temperature dropped enough to harden the top surface of most of the snow, so we glissaded down the sides of some steeper areas. We were lucky to have a bright full moon, so that illuminated a lot of the environment as well. All in all, an absolutely spectacular hike with incredible views. This was my second time summiting San Jacinto. Be prepared and research the conditions so you don’t encounter any surprises, especially if you’re planning to hike this during winter conditions. Know what you’re getting into. This mountain will beat you up, but the views are worthwhile.

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Danilo Lazo reviewed San Jacinto Peak Loop Trail
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HikingIcy

Hey everyone! I on February 26th did this trail for sunset and lost my knife somewhere on the way down. It’s a big Bowie with an antler handle. If anyone sees it please reach out. I’ve had it for many years.

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German Miranda reviewed San Jacinto Peak Loop Trail
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Backpacked this trail the weekend of 2/27/2021. Started at Deer Springs Trailhead around 8am and made it to Little Round Valley Campground just about 5pm. We took many breaks. The first section of trail up to Strawberry junction is dry. Very small patches of snow. We did the loop clockwise. After hiking about a couple miles on the PCT trail it becomes snowy and icy. This is the time we decided to put on our microspikes. From this point on there is snow all the way up to the peak. I didnt use snow gaiters since the snow wasn't high enough. We spent the night at Little Round Valley under a full moon. Made food, sat under the stars and enjoye the sound of the wind howling through the mountain and trees. I woke up ready to hike for the peak before sunrise but the rest of my party was cozy warm in their sleeping bags. After snacks and packing up we started hiking to the summit at 10a. The day was warm and sunny. made it to the peak in about 2 hours. our packs were heavy and we were tired..haha on this last stretch of trail it was definetly a straight shot to the side trail to the last .3 miles to the peak. we continued and made it to the peak and went down the hellman's divide trail till we reached the strawberry junction again and started our way back down deer springs trail until making it back to our car about sunset. definitely recommend this trail for those that are willing for the challenge! Beautiful trail cause you get to see both sides of the mountain. Follow me on Instagram. @natureisthefocus

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Christopher Tom reviewed Jepson Peak via South Fork Trail
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if you don't mind the Briar Patches which will scrap and cut you for most of the hike, then this hike is okay. I would never call it fun and would never do it again even in the summer

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Alex Lopez reviewed Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Had to walk a few miles to the trail because parking to the entrance was closed. The most difficult hike I ever had because of the weight of the snow attire, backpack, and I was hiking in snow. We underestimated the time of the round-trip hike and it became dark on the way down. If you're going to hike this trail go early and be well prepared this app was very helpful in to not getting lost.

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Sean Reed reviewed Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
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Hiked on Feb 13, 2021, starting at 6:15am Gate to trailhead is closed for winter, so expect to park near HW38 and walk in a few miles. Decent snow cover even at starting elevations, with snow shoes becoming very helpful. Instead of heading to the east on the trail, I stayed due south and climbed the creek bed towards the peak. 30-40 degree grades with 2-3 feet of unconsolidated snow made climbing slow. Very little/no ice; I never put on my crampons. Views were great however, especially at the rock outcroppings. Stopped at 150 vertical feet from the summit, as snow was transitioning to mixed/bouldering, and I was hiking alone. Some rockfall was heard on the way down (around 10am), towards the east. Overall a fun hike, even though I didn't summit. I've heard views are not great from the summit anyway, but I may try the trail again in the future.

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