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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.

went up today July 28th, trail was closed. also read to her to trail was a bit rough would not recomend if in a regular 2 wheel drive car.

This trail begins with a moderate and steady rise (~400 ft) over the first mile and is semi-flat the remaining 2.3 miles to John's Meadow campground. I say "semi-flat" because there are numerous elevation changes, but nothing sustained for more than a quarter mile or greater than 100 ft and most are short drops and rises of 10-20 ft as the trail navigates the contour of the side of a mountain, avoiding steep sections, large rocks, trees, etc. The defining quality of this hike is most of it is on the side of a mountain, which results in a narrow trail with smallish fixed rock and thus requires attention for about half the hike. It's the north face, so the vegetation is denser than other areas and there is even moss and ferns in some sections. Most of the views are of the peek-a-boo type, shrouded by trees, but in a few areas there are open vistas of the expansive green valley below and Big Bear mountains on the other side of the valley. Just before reaching John's Meadow the trail drops to Forsee Creek. Crossing the creek in August was not a problem, although it was clogged with wildflower and tall dense vegetation. Up the creek is a lovely rising valley framed by San Bernardino Peak in the background, which is part of a prominent mountain ridge that includes San Gorgonio. John's Meadow campground is no big deal. It's situated on a hillside with many tall trees standing and scattered logs and other debris from fallen trees on the ground -- it's not my picture of a meadow. I hiked out about a third the way with my wife and six-year-old daughter then continued on alone. I returned from the campground hiking pretty fast and even jogged some of the downhill sections for a return time of 51 minutes. If the distance is correct (3.25 miles each way), that's approx. 15-minute per mile. Round-trip time was 2:05. Beside my family, I did not see another person this Saturday afternoon. While it was great to be in the mountains and nature, I rated this hike 3/5 because when I hike on the side of a mountain for a considerable distance I hope for more than limited views much of the way and because on an out-and-back of this length I hope for something worthwhile at the far end (e.g., waterfall, lake, outstanding view, summit, etc.).

Trail is closed indefinitely due to a fire in the area. Also the road up to the trailhead is very rocky like off roading, beware if you don’t drive an SUV. Get there early as parking is extremely limited.

Haven’t actually hiked it, just wanted others to know as it’s not posted anywhere!

A challenging and rewarding trail.

Great choice for trail running. Not crowded at all. I train for ultras on this trail. After summiting San Bernardino peak you can continue on to other peaks nearby as the trail continues east.

We are so sad! We arrived to the trailhead only to find this trail closed due to the fires. There was no indication here on your app that it was closed and based on all the reviews, one being two weeks ago, we wouldn’t have known it was closed. Apparently this whole area was evacuated two weeks ago. At least according to the locals. Don’t drive all the way here! Trail is closed. Check with forest rangers first. $5000.00 fine. I look forward to hiking this peak as soon as it is open again.

Absolutely beautiful hike. My favorite of the 6 pack of peaks. Went on 7/4 and wasn't too crowded, however the dirt road leading up to it was difficult for my husband's crown Victoria.

Clocked 16.25 miles from the trail head not 15 like stated in the review. Started at 5:55am trying to avoid to heat wave that was supposed to hit, fortunately the weather was perfect! Loved the trail, very well maintained & easy to follow. Manzanita flats & the views from the top were my favorite! We came across a few groups of other hikers but not to many which was great. I would definitely hike this trail again.

Hard but was a good trail beautiful

5 stars because The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. The grade is good for running and hiking. Passed Only a few dozen people all day. Parking was filling up by 630, was 7/4 holiday so maybe irregular.

One of my favorite hikes on the list of six pack of peaks. I’ve hiked this twice. Once with backpacking and once as a day trip. Just like everyone says, the first mile is quite an incline and got me huffing and puffing. Then the last two miles to the summit was a struggle. I had to stop every couple steps to catch my breathe. I don’t recommend camping at the summit because it’s super windy and could not sleep all night as the tent kept shaking. The top is usually windy and a bit chilly

A very hard trail with lots of rocks for the trail. But beautiful views

An alternate route to San Bernardino Peak as part of the 6 pack of peaks challenge. Momyer Creek Trail is steep and rugged and overgrown in parts with many fallen trees but that added to the challenge of getting to the peak! The view from San Bernardino East Peak is incredible and the high altitude trek to San Bernardino Peak is awesome!

We finished the Six Pack of Peaks with this hike and this hike was definitely the hardest one. The 1st mile after the creek will get your heart pumping. After that it’s an enjoyable climb. The last 1-2 miles before the summit will test your stamina. Pace yourself as the elevation will start to get to you. Check out our journey.

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Or YouTube search Camfamfun or Socal Hikes and Beyond.

loved this! epic running adventure through the mountains and forest. water at high creek and then close to angelus oaks. I couldn't find the spring by the dollar lake trail turn off.

6/24 I summited yet one more time, it will define STEEP and LONG if you’ve forgotten. I am the slowest hiker but when I do summit people usually cheer me on. So many good people on the trail keep me going, swapping stories etc. The views always new n exciting for me, I take my camera every time I leave for a hike. This time I saw a deer on my way up and again on my way down so keep your eyes open. Last time we Backpacked and camped on summit. Sunset and dawn was awesome plus it’s half the distance per day. We did see a rattler warming itself in the early morning sun so pay attention and do leave them alone to be safe. Enjoy all of nature’s flowers, trees, neighboring mountains, waterfalls, streams, animals and even some of the bugs too. A great hike for all this and more, spend the extra time and relax but also see where you are. The distance hiked up is 8.9 miles plus a mile to the trail head and you will gain 5,578’ in elevation according to the info from the ranger. WATER is a must, I’ve polished off 3 liters before so bring a filter too. Enjoy

5/24/18

I really enjoyed this trail! I went during the week and saw about 5 other people all day.

The trail is a steady climb for the first couple miles then levels off, meandering through manzanita trees and pines then picks up elevation gain steadily toward the peak.

Limber pines looks like a great place to overnight camp.

I had my first mountain lion sighting on my way back down the trail. I heard rustling and saw dust, then a mountain lion in full sprint in the opposite direction from me. It didn't want anything to do with me for sure. Scary but exhilarating. Just blew my whistle and made a lot of noise the rest of the way down.

Went for a weekend backpacking trip. Started the hike up at 8:15 Saturday morning and reached Limber Pines around noon. The trail is steep at the beginning and was definitely a good workout with packs. Packed 2L each and we drank all of it on the way up, you need it when it’s 85 degrees!

After setting up camp at Limber Pines, we refilled our water at the small stream about half a mile above the campground. If you’re staying overnight, water treatment (tablets or pump) is a must. Limber Pines was pretty crowded on Saturday night.

Made our way to the peak with a day pack. The views at the stone bench just before Washington’s monument were spectacular!

Made the hike back down in less than 3 hours the next morning! Excellent views and a challenging but fun hike up. Definitely glad we camped instead of doing it all in one day.

I hiked this yesterday, 6/23, just over a year from the first time I completed this hike. Total distance from where I parked was 18.85 miles (be prepared for a longer hike than the claimed 17.1 miles). It was a great hike, challenging as well but worth the effort. I summit-ed in 4 hours, 23 minutes. Total hike time was 8 hours 16 minutes (including 35 minutes of resting time, I didn’t stop for long). There were quite a few other hikers on the trail; I overtook 62 of them on my way to the summit, not counting those camping along the route

The weather was clear and quite warm. My water intake was more than anticipated and I went through all 3L in my Camelbak, it went dry at about 5 miles distance from the end of my hike. For these long out and back hikes I may start to bring extra water to stash along the way in order to be better prepared for times such as this when I run dry.

We started early in the morning while it was still cool. The sun came up and we had to shed a layer and we got swarmed by a bunch of mosquitoes, we sprayed on some repellent, once we were on the move again we no longer had bug issues after that. Water was still running down the side of the mountain and all the wildflowers were in bloom. They were so colorful, red, white, purple, yellow, and orange. We stopped a lot to enjoy the beautiful backdrops of color to take pictures. So, the hike took a little longer then planned. Hardly anyone on the trail. The trail gets narrow with over grown bushes in some spots, I'm glad I wore pants to protect my legs. The views from the top were amazing. This was a wonderful hike with wonderful company. So glad we all had the day together.

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 kick 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!

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