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

Hiked yesterday (6/19) it was a beautiful sunny day and the trail was difficult but manageable. I only used my 3 lit bladder and still had water at the end. Have fun!
**fyi: bears got into my friends car (she car camped at the trailhead) so be aware and prepare with proper storage of your supplies.

Its much harder than I was expecting more hard than moderate. Did some trail clean up while up there at the lake which was dried

Started 7:00 a.m. 56 degrees and sunny. Arrived at the peak at 12:00 p.m. Windy and coolish at the top. Started with shorts, a long sleeve t-shirt and a very light weight jacket which I put on and off throughout the day. Beautiful views and the Manzanita was spectacular. Trail is not steep but just long and steady. There was water just above the Limber Pines camping area. I brought along 3L of water and used 2L.

I absolutely loved this hike! I’ve done Baldy, Wilson, and Cucamonga and this and Baldy are my top favorites.

Quick tip: if you have an SUV or truck, drive it instead of a car! I drove my Ford Focus and it scraped a number of big rocks on the dirt road leading up to the parking lot. It sucked. The dirt road is in very bad condition. Also, no bathrooms at the trailhead.

Personal highlights: The temps on 6/16 were absolutely perfect. 60s/low 70s. I packed a fleece for the summit but didn’t need to use it. Wildflowers were abundant and smelled wonderful. No bugs!
This hike will probably quick your booty, or at least test it, but it’s a gradual ascent, and there are quite a few flat places during the first 5 miles that provide relief. I suggest wearing sunscreen even though the temps are cool and there are many shaded spots. The sun is stronger at higher elevations! Happy hiking. :)

Backpacked to the summit and camped overnight. Brutal hike but worth the views and challenge.

Hard, but beautiful hike,
we camped at half point and summit the next day!!

The big payoff for this hike is the elevation training. The views are nice as well, but not excellent compared to the other near by trails. We did it in one trip and was surprised how long the way back was, it honestly felt harder.

6-9-18 and 6-10-18. Did this as a 2 day hike adding 1 mile from Dollar Saddle to High Springs Meadow. There was water but it was a trickle. The flowers were in Bloom from the trail head to the South Fork. Very delightful. Dollar Lake Trail is less delightful, and more of a slog (with the back pack), gaining 1800 feet up to Dollar Saddle. Lots of areas with burnt out pines. Past the saddle, the trail to the Summit is gradual and I enjoyed the walking. Should go without saying that the views at the top are superb!

Beautiful trail. Get there early as the lot fills up fast (before 6:30am). Great views of Big Bear lake, San Jacinto, Mt. Baldy. No bathrooms at the base and lots of human waste right by the parking lot wasn't too nice.

We did this hike in about 9 and a half hours last weekend. We took a lot of breaks. The views were stunning, the air was cool. It was very windy and cold on the summit. The trail was easy to follow and it was a steady climb up. Absolutely loved it and wish we would've made an over night trip of it!

Best substantial hike in SOCAL no mountain bikes
Just pick your times and dates carefully

The first set of switchbacks and the last push were 2 miles the hardest. I camped for a night at half-way camp it was a good site because it was pretty secluded but no water sources.

This Is a great hike but get ready to get you butt kicked. I actually rolled my ankle less than a mile after summitting so be careful when on that downhill.

Very comfortable to hike, no dangerous part. Feels like the best view is not at summit where you would be surrounded by trees, but a corner right before Washington monument.

We arrived at the Vivian creek trail head around 7:45 am and hiked up to halfway camp. There we set up our megamid and ditched our gear. After lunch we slackpacked the 5.5ish miles to the summit, which we reached near 4pm. At 11503 the mountain towered over all its neighbors, we got some beautiful views. We hiked back to halfway camp, we arrived at just about nightfall. Hiked out the next morning!

Great hike. Not real steep at any location but a steady climb all the way. The views at the top are incredible, big bear lake, San Jacinto, and Old Greyback. Had a blast, but the last mile coming off the mountain was tough after I rolled an ankle, just glad it wasn’t higher up.

Made it to the summit on May 27th and trail is completely clear of all snow. There is no water at Dollar Lake so last water up this route would be at the Dry lake/Dollar lake fork. There is still some small patches of snow along the trail but it will be melting fast.

This was a great route for doing the 9 peaks. My girlfriend and I completed this route in 2 long days of backpacking with a night spent at High Meadow Springs Camp. 3 things to be aware of:
1. The descent of Charlton is pretty steep with a heavy pack on, bring poles and take your time on the way down, and you'll get through it fine.
2. We took our packs off and left them beside the trail when we went to the summit of Shields. We did the same thing for Anderson. I highly recommend this strategy if you are carrying heavy packs.. It will add a little distance to your hike, due to having to backtrack to your packs, but you'll save a ton of time and energy by being lighter on the ascents.
3. Today is 5-29-2018. As of Memorial Day Weekend, High Creek and Limber Pine Springs were both flowing well with plenty of water. High Meadow Springs was sort of babbling, but seemed like it should have water a little while longer.

Nice hike. Great views.

Stunning! Will be back (overnight instead of Day hike)

Gorgeous hike! Although there are no very steep portions, there are also very few flat areas during the 8 mile ascent. My Apple health phone application indicated the round trip was 16.4 miles with over 44,500 steps and 184 floors high.

The listed description is fairly accurate. The first 3 miles is mostly shaded through a conifer and oak forest. The next 2 miles were fairly exposed in a manzanita and shrub meadow. Limber Pine Camp is located about 5 miles into the hike. The final 3 miles have a lot of switchbacks. Once you see the Washington plaque, you have about 20 more minutes to the summit.

This trail was absolutely beautiful. The first mile and the last couple miles up are the hardest but trekking poles help a ton. The juice is worth the squeeze on this one as the sights from up top are breathtaking.

Amazing views. very long hike on a very rocky and sometimes slippery trail. first and last parts were brutal, the first part also on the way down due to the strain on the knees (even with hiking poles). Are the views worth the pain? happy I did it, won't do it again.

Was looking for a new trail to hike, have been wanting to do this hike for awhile, but due to the fires in recent years it has been on hold, we also used this as a test hike for an up coming overnight camp and San G summit trip.
Lots of parking available, and restrooms at the start of the trail. We started at 7:15am with 3L of water. The trail has a moderate incline at first, then it is a gradual incline for the first mile until you reach the old horse ranch. Be aware you are hiking through a burn area for a majority of the hike, but there is a different beauty in the landscape. Some people don’t like it, we on the other hand enjoyed it. We did pass a small creek with water, saw a couple deer and lots of birds.
The second section, as you leave the ranch is also very moderate incline, more switch backs on this section, but the trail is easy, lots of nice views, still in the burn area. The last section, before you come to the Dollar Lake/ Dry Lake, is a straight gradual incline, not difficult at all.
It took us a couple hours to reach the split, when continued up towards the right to Dollar Lake. This early section was not hit by the fires to bad, more green trees, but the trail dose change in elevation gain. Definitely steeper grade and the trail is more rocker than before. Also be aware, their is more open area as you get higher, so have your sunblock on. You still pass areas of burned out trees and manzanita bushes. Did pass one small Marsh area with a little water coming out. Good views of San Gorgonio Mountain going up
Reached the split down to Dollar Lake around 11ish, no sign mark’s the trail down to Dollar Lake. It is .5 miles down. The trail is not maintained much, lots of downed trees over the trail, had to use previous rock markers to guide us down in spots. Have read that in June, a crew is going to start clearing out all the dead trees that have fallen down over the trail. Only spotted a couple camp site areas, and the lake is bone dry also. My recommendations, is not to go down their until the trail is cleared, plus it’s only 0.7 miles up to the saddle, if you don’t go down to Dollar Lake.
Around 12:30 we started the decent back to the car, took out the go pro and got some nice footage of the area. Stopped at the split again, lots of water flowing down, Santa Ann Creek?, great place to fill or refill your bottles. Saw only tow other hikes the entire day, they were going to Dry Lake to camp. Got back to the car about 3:15. Next time we will hike to Dry Lake, camp, then summit San G

Beautiful trail, definitely recommend Summiting in the fall and winter when you get to use crampons, it’s and unforgettable experience and the view of the the snowed mountains is priceless.

Great trail! Really well maintained. The first mile and last two are the toughest parts. Really beautiful and worth the hike! I did it in 2 days, but it could easily be done as a day hike.

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Exceptional trail! A lot of hard work went into creating and maintaining this trail. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning. The overall distance from the parking lot to the old campground and back was 8 Miles (according to my wife’s Fitbit).

Well worth the effort!
The hardest trail I've done so far. Great training for bigger challenges. My favorite trail and peak of the 6 packs. Will be back again! Took our 2 dogs and they are slumbering for days now, mission complete!

Pretty hard because of steepness but the views are GREAT

I was lucky to have my friend Ryan, an experienced ultra runner and trail junkie take my slow ass up this awesome mountain. It’s a pretty big climb so be prepared, yet totally doable for anyone that’s in good shape. I loved it and can’t wait to do it again.

Amazing hike. Completed on 5/28. No need for microspikes. 1st mile and last before summit are the toughest, but worth it! There is plenty of water...best to fill up at High creek before and after summit bid.

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