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22 hours ago

nice hike a lot to see. not mush shade. pack list should have at least 3L of water. have fun pack out what you pack in. animals welcome watch out for snakes

Great hike and view!

This trail is more on the hard side because of its length (7.6 miles) and it’s steepness. If you or whoever you’re with isn’t in pretty good shape don’t try it. There is a long line at the potato chip rock to take a picture. Take one bottle of water per person plus snack bars. Wear hiking shoes or boots, not running shoes, due to rocks. Wear sunscreen at midday.

This trail was wonderful! May have got turned around, but the view was prettier with each turn. Bring extra water and the power lines can be used as a landmark to keep you on your path!

Even though visibility was maybe 100ft at the top, this was still a fun and challenging hike. It took my brother and I 2.5 hours to get up to the top. Hiking poles or microspikes would be recommended this time of year even though it was fairly warm in the beginning (I only had a t-shirt on until Wellman Divide). There was a sprinkling of rain from Wellman Divide to the top which then turned to snow.

Hiked up to San Bernardino Peak with my buddy on Friday 2/9/18. Beautiful views but she makes you work for it. Didn't see another hiker all day, it was awesome!

We started out on the trail at 545am, arrived at the Peak at 12:57, and after a nice long hour and a half lunch, we started decending at 2:25pm. We did not get back to the car till 615pm. Make sure you bring PLENTY OF WATER. Unless you keep going to Alger creek you won't have any water source. i would reccomend filling up before heading up to the Peak, just in case. i brought a 3L bladder for the entire trip and i wish i had filled up Alger Creek.. This trail is relentless the entire 7.1 miles to the Peak so be prepared. About 3 miles in you arrive at the fork, where you can take Alger Creek, Dobbs Cabin, and Dollar Lake saddle, OR you can take the trail to San Bernardino Peak. We chose to trekk to the San Bernardino peak, as we have both been to Dobbs cabin on this route. The trail up to the Peak is not well maintained and there are alot of fallen trees and a few rock slides that have covered parts of the trail. As long as you are paying attention, looking for trail markers, and following other hikers footsteps you shouldn't lose the trail. The trail beyond the fork is difficult, and has a steady incline for 3.5-4 miles to the Peak, but the views are worth it! There are small patches of snow around 8500ft and plenty of powder at the summit.

I would highly recommend this trail in the winter/fall, and even spring time. You are exposed alot of the way so I could see this trail being very difficult in the summer. AGAIN, bring plenty of water and make sure you are wearing pants if you decide to take the San Bernardino Peak fork, there are overgrown thorn bushes and manzinita that you must pass through to get to the Peak!

Really great trail, but really exhausting for the people we brought along who don’t hike all the time. There weren’t any maps located at the trail head, but as long as you keep following the Mt Woodson Trail and don’t get led astray by other trails forking off, you should be fine. Jumping across to the potato chip park of the Boulder was a little scary for myself who is afraid of heights, but had to do it for the pic. Happy trails!

Great incline for a workout. I went on Tuesday and just a few of us in line for the photo op :) bring lots of water and protein bars.

6 days ago

The trail meanders through pines and across a little running creek with peak a boo views of mountain peaks and forests as you climb. Once at top, just below the actual top top, are giant bouldered areas to sit and enjoy the surrounding spectacular views of Tahquitz Peak and Lily Rock. The sun was out, a bit chilly at the top, a lovely day for a hike! Bolted up to the top and found the coffee can with notes, journal and goodies.

done it a few times. great trail. make it longer by going the other way around the lake on the way back down

6 days ago

Free hiking permit required. Permit can be obtained at the Ranger Station down the street. Trail is mostly uphill and moderately difficult. The view from Suicide Rock is worth the trek.

7 days ago

Good hike, especially for a quick morning work out! Multiple trails to take to lengthen or shorten your walk.
Trail has both challenging and easy parts. My dog loves it !

Great incline with beautiful views

Fun day, a lot of people...

challenging and so much fun. bring plenty of water and snacks! sunscreen and hats required.

The All Trails description is right on, beautiful views. Definitely harder then I thought it was going to be though. We went on a Monday in early March, only 10 or 15 people at Potato chip. Bring plenty of water!

Great trail, in good shape.

12 days ago

Light cover of snow all the way up and no wind—beautiful hiking conditions

Great as long as it is cool!!

Great views! Long trail but worth the walk. Great for dogs!

trail running
14 days ago

This was awesome! Well marked and stunning views. I felt very safe.

trail running
16 days ago

I haven’t actually done this trail yet, but I want to bad! I’m fairly new to the area and a little worried about venturing in the “back woods” by myself. The only daylight time I really am available right now are Wednesday and Thursdays. If anyone (or many) are interested in teaming up to run Mission Trails or any other in San Diego area shoot me an email: warfitnessgrp@gmail.com. Hopefully there’s others that have a open schedule on Wednesday and Thursday’s!

Very beautiful snow hike. The last two miles to the top required alot of physical and mental effort, but the views from the peak made it worth it!

Hiked San Gorgonio in the snow the morning of feb 25th via the Vivian Creek trail, nobody else heading up so had to make fresh tracks in the snow and had the peak to myself for a little while, beautiful day but hard work. Met a few guys heading up from other trailheads and camps later on. There is Snow and Ice on most of the trail from the trailhead and up. After High Creek the trail is fully covered and not visible, so I just headed straight up instead of trying to find the switchbacks up to the ridge. I used microspikes, which was fine. Others might prefer crampons. Some post holing from High Creek. Once you get to the San Gorgonio mountain conditions are similar to last weekend with wind blown packed snow that you dont sink into. I could see snow covered mountains in Sierra Nevada and Death Valley on this very clear day. Open water at High Creek and Vivian Creek, I drank some from High Creek without filtering on my way down, tasted wonderful. I would say the snow makes the hike about 25% harder. Wonderful!

Such a beautiful view!! Go on a weekday (we went on a Tuesday) for free parking and little to no lines to take a picture on top of the Potato Chip Rock. Prepare yourself for a lot of inclines. There are many interesting rock formations. We spotted both hamburger and hippopotamus rocks along the way. When you start the hike to Mt. Woodson trail, you'll be greeted by a breathtaking lake. Also, get there early! We started the hike around 8:30am and finished around 11am (round trip). Definitely worth it!

24 days ago

Missed the register in the smiley face! Wish I’d known to look for it. Beautiful views. Very cold last weekend when we did this hike. Windy at the top but so worth it. Steady climb but not difficult.

Hiked on Sunday 2/18. Pretty Consistent snow from high creek up. Brought micro-spikes, but did not use them. If you’re uncomfortable on snow they would probably be nice to have. Other than that; beautiful views to be had! Prepare for a long day, we started at 7.15 and finished around 6.

25 days ago

Beautiful fun hike all the way through, and of course the view at suicide rock is amazing. The complete hike registered at 8 miles for us and took us 4 hours. That was with a couple of breaks and relaxing at suicide rock to soak in the view. On our way to the hike we pulled over and asked a ranger about the adventure pass, he said we did not need one if we were only going to hike the trail but on the way up the hike we saw a sign that said we had to have one. Not sure what the deal is with the pass but we didn't return for one and were fine. I would definitely return to hike this trail again, I would go early so that you have enough time to take a break at suicide rock, the air is crisp and fresh and the view is amazing.

Great trail to do with kids. Enough turns and switch rocks, views, to keep them entertained !

View from the top is amazing!! Challenging areas on the way up but well worth it!

This was an awesome hike and elevation gain. The trail is very well maintained and can be challenging on the way up. Make sure to take a look around on the way up, there are a lot of great views. While we where towards the top we saw a Hawk perched on the top of a large rock, then jumped into a dive to go after something in the canyon. Was an amazing site to see. Once we got to the top we waited 1hr in line to take our picture on the rock. We brought our Mom and she was not going to leave without a picture. Some people take forever which is really annoying, but if you plan to wait, then its not so bad. The other option is to leave early so you are one of the first to the top for the day and not have to wait in line. One thing that is not clear in the review is that when you want to get onto the Potato Chip Rock, you actually have jump from a bigger rock. The jump is not to bad ~ 3-4ft downwards, but for some it could be a bit of a challenge. To get off the rock you either need to climb back up the rock you jumped off of or scoot down the side of the potato chip rock (this is not easy buy not difficult). For most, can handle it no problem, but there will be some who find it very challenging. Overall a great hike!

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