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ohv/off road driving
muddy
off trail
washed out
2 days ago

ohv/off road driving
muddy
6 days ago

First time on this trail. Amazing run with good friends. 94 Jeep Wrangler, 2” lift with 31s, open diff. Mud and water on the trail. Snow on the north side. Needed a tug on one the waterfall as the slick wet rocks and holes stopped my progress should be able to do this when it is drier. Got to do this again.

02/09/2020 Hiked The South Fork Trail To The Summit Of Mount San Gorgonio. Went up one of The North Facing Chutes. Lots of snow still. Micro spikes, trekking poles and gaiters are highly recommended. If you plan on doing the chute then Crampons And Ice Axe are needed. Started at 3:30am summited at 10:30 back to the car at 3:30pm. So 12 hours to complete. Lots of fallen trees on the trail, but easy to navigate around.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
snow
1 month ago

08 Tundra Crewmax 3" + 1" lift with 35" tires Beautiful day with highs in the 60s, made it up the first obstacle using the far left line, got hung up on second obstacle trying to drive the middle line, ended up going to the left to get up, third obstacle made it up no problems. On the down hill, shaded side of the mountain was full of snow, very beautiful.

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icy
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rocky
snow
1 month ago

You should do a night hike or leave early morning to make summit. Snow will be hard & you won’t fall through. Snow was knee to waist deep starting a few miles up.. Definitely rated as difficult. Make sure you go prepared!!! Good workout

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Knee high snow a few miles up..

running
icy
snow
1 month ago

1/12/20 Prepare to posthole a lot. My run became a hike. Micro spikes were super lovely to have. Sure is pretty!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

ohv/off road driving
3 months ago

Great off road trail. First time wheeling on my used JK rubicon. The Jeep handled all obstacles with only two areas of slight undercarriage scrapes. Jeep has 35’ with a 2” lift and bald tires. Defiantly need a spotter and you’ll be fine. Will do it again.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Monotonous, rocky trail, and pretty underwhelming at the top of the peak. The view of Big Bear Lake was entirely obstructed by trees. Pretty cold in November in the late afternoon, and windy at the top.

I hiked the South Fork trail to Mount San Gorgonio back in early September. I was in tip top shape (previous hiked a 13er) so i was well acclimated and decide to tackle this trail with beating my PR in mind. I started at 7am with my pack only weighing approximately 7 pounds. Carried two 1L smart waters, a 1L Katadyne filter and a few snacks. This trail is long and by the 8 mile in i was a but underwhelmed since the trail lacks “steepness”. I’m no way complaining but it’s such a gradual trail that one may get bored after the 7 or 8 mile in. Made it to the summit in 4 hours and 25 minutes (11:25am reach summit) and descend time was 3 hours and 40 minutes. This is a great alternative to Vivian Creek as it has a lot less people and has a very moderate incline. Catch me on the Fish Creek Trail now that it’s open after 4 years.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. Wouldn't want to do it when it's hot out. Saw a bald eagle too!

Quite windy today, especially at the summit. Did a day hike going up by Dollar Lake and down by Dry Lake. 5 1/2 hours up and 4 hours down. Started at 6am. It started to get light at 6:30 and by 6:45, I didn’t need my headlamp. Going up was a grind from where the loop splits to Dollar Saddle. From there, it wasn’t steep, but the altitude was a challenge for me, having started the day at sea level. I’m glad I had a warm coat with a hood AND a light windbreaker. Switching out a couple times made the trip more comfortable. The trails are very easy to follow and the signs are great! Kudos to the trail maintenance crew! That one treacherous spot near the summit on the Dry Lake side was a knee knocker, but if you take your time and make sure of your hand and feet positions, it’s easy to get by. All in all, a fantastic hike. I’ll be back again next year.

hiking
4 months ago

Another beautiful fall day in So Cal. Long gentle climb on the way out. Trail is mostly loose sand, but it is not deep. I measured the distance at 7.2 miles.

Beautiful, well maintained trail to a great vista at the top! Did as a day hike, took us just under 9 hours, so start early. Still a lot of water before and including Dry Lake.

Beautiful fall day hiking in so Cal. At times the trail went through groves of oak trees. The leaves had a mix of yellow, gold, green, and brown. It is not necessary to bushwhack the final climb to the summit If you can find and turn left on 3N80. At the junction, it does not look like a trail. It looks more like a dry wash. After about 50 yards it becomes more obviously a trail and a dry wash. It will still be a steep, strenuous climb to the summit.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Hiked to the top, super rocky trail, but great views from the top. Didn’t run into anyone (hiked on a weekday).

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