Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails in San Bernardino National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Started 1/12 at 7:30 am, lots of snow from the beginning. After half way camp we took a different trail (looked like the right one) that took us an extra 2 miles out of the way through 2-3 feet of snow. Finally made it to high creek just before dark. it was about a 9 hour day due to the "detour".. High Creek was below 20° at night.
We decided not to go for the summit on 1/13 becuase of two factors: exhausted from the previous day's detour and we were told it was waist deep snow and undoable even with snow shoes (which was the only gear we were short of).

All said and done it was an unforgettable experience and the wilderness is absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait to come back and conquer Old Gray Back!

My third time hiking to the peak of San Gorgonio. My second time not making it to the top. Which is another story.

The views from the trails are and have always been amazing to me. This trail like many others has a wide variety of switchbacks. Of which are not excessively steep. The second half or so of the trail, this time of year (January 13, 2108) was blanketed in snow. About 3 feet of which towards the end which was one of the factors in why it went incomplete this time around.

All around great hike the trial head is not to far off from the parking lot, maybe a half mile. The USFS will ask for a permit for parking as well as if your planning to spend the night. For parking they do have a non-permit day lot.

Overall great hike of the now 5 hikes I’ve done in San Bernardino. I will come back and complete this one.

Beautiful day Jan 6 2018, nice steady hike, highly recommend go to Bertha peak off of cougar crest!

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12 days ago

Great hike that runs into the PCT. Make sure to get a Recreation Permit if you want to park on the lot. It's $5 at the nearest 711.

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13 days ago

One of my Favorites to hike. You can never get tired of hiking this trail. Wildlife, Scenery is awesome. Go prepared.

Very pretty and nice views. Can be hard. You will need a Wilderness Permit after a certain point. Rangers do check to see if you have the permit. Elevation is very high. Wild life is present.

Glad I left a little earlier in the morning for this as it was a nice peaceful hike up to the PCT. coming back down though was extremely busy - tons of traffic. Really beautiful views of Big Bear Lake and the mountains behind the ridge you crest. Nice old growth pines of different varieties.

Last person to summit in 2017! Lucky to have scored this hike at end of Dec. Made the summit in 3hr 45min

At the peak you can see both Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead.

Good challenging day hike. Will definitely do it again.

You no longer need a permit to day hike! adventure pass is still needed. Awesome hike but a bit windy with gusts up to 40 mph! 36 deg makes a facemask and gloves a nice thing to have.

Hiked up San Gorgonio 4 times via 4 different routes in 2017. Always enjoyed the hikes.

Beautiful trail loved the peak and the hike up to it. Definitely a tough one if you don’t frequent alpine settings.

Beautiful trail with amazing views!

Was 32 degrees when we left parking lot and probably 20 degrees at top with strong winds
Very cold so bring layers and something to cover your face
Took 9 hours round trip and just over 18 miles
Only used 2 liters of water as trip was cold all day long

San Gorgonio was awesome. We went in both Oct & Nov. This hike is definitely challenging with a pack! The views were absolutely stunning. You will bot regret this hike! Although it was super cold so be prepared. Breathing in that cold air with the high altitude was killer but durable. We took frequent breaks to adjust to the altitude due to being dizzy and light headed. So take as much breaks as you need. I'd do this hike again an again an again lol.

Great views at the top and wooded area as you travel making it a peaceful hike.

TLDR: This is an excellent and challenging day hike. This is NOT a beginner or intermediate level hike. If you are at all out of shape or not used to hiking at altitude, you should not attempt this. But if you've done something like San Antonio comfortably, then San G is the summit for you.

This hike has two "strenuous" sections. The first is right after you make it to the trail head. It's a steep 25-30 degree incline on slippery small rocks for nearly a mile. The second is once you reach the ridgeline at around the 7 mile mark, where you are looking at a 20-25 degree incline for a about 1.25 miles. You will also be above 10000ft at this point and sun exposed.

As of Dec 1st, there is water flow at several points before and including High Creek Camp.

The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. I had a map, compass and GPS. I did not need those items, though I would still ALWAYS carry them "just in case".

A permit is NOT required for a day hike.
Visit http://sgwa.org/wilderness-permits/ for more info.

Somewhat of a lackluster summit, but a nice hike up. There aren’t too many places in SoCal you can get a big mountain feel, and this has it. I hiked it as a day hike in November and had more than enough time / daylight.

Continue the hike up to Bertha peak for the best views of bear lake. Moderate hike

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