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The San Gorgonio Wilderness is the climax region of the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California. Located on the San Bernardino National Forest approximately 75 miles east of Los Angeles (click here for vicinity map), the Wilderness receives approximately 200,000 visitors per year. Its 58,969 acres harbor two small lakes, meadows, streams, 100 miles of trail, densely forested northern slopes, and rugged terrain. Elevations range from 4,400 feet to 11,499 atop namesake Mt. San Gorgonio. Eleven of twelve peaks in the Wilderness recognized by U.S. Geological Survey maps are over 10,000 feet in height, with Mt. San Gorgonio being the highest. As the highest peak between the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Mexican border, Mt. San Gorgonio offers unparalleled views of metropolitan Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert. More great information here.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Such a great hike, have done it 3 times. The views are amazing and the spring is awesome. All 3 of my kids have done this hike. Youngest was 5.

Did this hike in September, but continued to Dollar Saddle. Beautiful hike with a reasonable grade.

The trail is fairly well maintained. Views are just ok. We had shade about half the time. Lots of gnats. The lower gate was locked, so we had to walk about half a mile to get to the trail head. Looked like it would be a fun trail to mountain bike.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful trail to hike/backpack. My husband and I continue to come back to this trail even after 20 yrs. It’s a great trail that starts slightly steep at the beginning and leaving the meadows. The rest of the trail has a gradual gain the rest of the way with some narrow areas(so watch your step.)
A great all around trail to teach kids the ropes of hiking/backpacking and getting use to their gear, without it being too far back in the forest.. There are a few vista points to take in the view. The rangers recently did some work on the trail and the meadow does have a sign posted.
The only disappointment was that that were signs of people not following the Leave No Trace...toilet tissue in plain sight. Please Beginners...take your trash out and keep nature clean for others.
Overall, great trail.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Really scenic and fun to ride. Starts off of Highway 38, and ends at the Angelus Oaks Restaurant. Bits of the trail are pieces of road, because it used to be a fire road. Super fun!

backpacking
2 months ago

There were unleashed dogs on the trail. My son is allergic to dogs and he could have gotten an allergic reaction on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is a easy/moderate trail that follows the old route for Hwy 38. Some paved sections still remain, but is mostly dirt double and single-track. There is one rocky / light scramble section early on the route. keep left on this section going up to avoid going off trail (The trail can falsely appear to veer to the right here). While not overly spectacular, there are some nice views of the valley / canyons below. Fairly constant uphill but nothing too considerably steep. The trail ends at a road in Angelus Oaks. Amenities can be found a short walk from the end of the trail by following the road to where it meets back up with Hwy 38.

Mountain bikers frequent this trail, so be alert for riders coming down.

Hiked to Dollar Lake this morning with overcast skies! Beautiful day for a hike. Most of the trail is well maintained except for the short segment hiking down to Dollar Lake. A lot of fallen trees blocking the trail. I gave up and just looked down. Looked dry to me. Several stream were still flowing along the way. Beautiful scenery. Good day hike

backpacking
3 months ago

It's a nice trail for backpackers because it the gain in elevation goes up gradually. Forsee Creek is lovely and the wilderness camp at John's Meadow has some nice, fairly flat clearings to pitch a tent.

August 19, 2017 Led a group of hikers to San Gorgonio Peak via the South Fork Trail. (See my previous post below for information about the hike and getting a permit)

Still plenty of water at the 4.1 mile mark where the trail splits. Taking a left will take you to Dry Lake, Mineshaft, the historic plane wreck and then loops around San Gorgonio and approaches the peak from the southwest. Continuing straight on the right, will get you to Dollar Lake Saddle and then on to the peak via the San Bernardino Divide Trail heading south and east. I carried 5 liters of water and a filter. I still had a liter left after the 20 mile hike. I did filter water with 4 miles to go for one of my hikers though. All in all, great hike and a great day. I strongly recommend advanced planning for this hike. It is not for beginners or anyone who is not in physically good condition (hiking condition). I saw a lot of people on the trail who were physically hurting or weren't sure where to go. Seems to me that kinda takes the fun out of the climb, but that's just me!

Rewarding all day challenge or fun backpacking trip. Great views from the ridgline and water on both ends.

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