Looking for a great trail in San Gorgonio Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 22 hard trails in San Gorgonio Wilderness ranging from 11.3 to 28 miles and from 2,198 to 11,499 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

This trail is legit beautiful. One of the most prime forest trails in the big bear range and I have seen a lot of them. Nice thing is it’s only about half the drive up to big bear from Redlands also. Great trail for beginners looking to move up to intermediate trails. Very nice fall colors currently. Lots of wildlife. Some mud, be prepared. Exit highway 38 onto Jenks Lake Rd West and follow signs for Forsee creek trailhead. I estimate trail was about 90% shaded when I hiked it at 9am. Recommended. Also if you’re an advanced hiker looking for a very scenic morning trail without the long drive, this is a trail for you.

Really there’s no reason to say much. It’s the highest peak in southern CA. Do it for the clout. First 2 miles are hard, last 2 miles are hard. Everything in between isn’t too bad. Coming back down you will have some knee of ankle pain due to a gang of uneven rocks

The trail round trip is actually 20.6 miles round trip. Not sub 18. So plan your day accordingly. I used my Garmin watch to track our hike and it was 10.3 miles one way from the parking lot near the ranger station. So 20.6 miles round trip. Bring headlamps, hiking poles, wear broken in boots, and LOTS of water. The trail is mostly on rocks. It’s a great hike and accomplishment to do in a single day, but plan to be on the trailhead long before the sun comes up and depending on your pace up and back, plan to be on the trail if it gets dark while hiking. Account for altitude adjustments and breaks too.

Completed my 6 peak challenge with this epic hike. Definitely the toughest out of all the peaks.Weather was fantastic!!! Sunny skies and no wind. Temp hung around in the 60's for most of the day. Left at 6:30 am back to the car at 5:30. My AllTrails recorder had it at 19.5 miles. Saw about 35 people on the trail all day. That first part after the creek is super steep but it doesn't last long. There is a really mellow forest stroll for a couple miles right after that. It's that last 2 miles that got me though. I was really feeling the elevation and my feet felt like they were in cement. When your coming down..I'm sure you'll be tired...be careful on that really steep section near the beginning. The ground is loose so watch out you don't slip or roll an ankle. This was a really fantastic hike. I think San Bernardino is still my favorite but this is a close second.

One of my favorite trails of all times. It was a bit windy as of October 10, 2019. Not too many bugs or people on the trail. Can't wait to be back.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

This is a LONG trail. Hiked this trail mid-week and only came across 4 other hikers. Even in early October there was a good amount of water available from streams. Other reviews have stated that the first (and by default the last) 2 miles are no joke, this is very true. The first 2 miles are rough due to the uneven terrain and loose rocks, I didn’t find the altitude gain all that bad as it was at the very beginning. If you start off real early in the morning, there are lots of deer to be seen along the trail. The middle portion of the trail does not offer grand views, but the forest scenery is breathtaking. The top 2 miles or so offers little protection from the sun and the wind (30+ mph winds on this day), so be prepared. Overall, glad I did it!

Started hiking at 6:30 and came back to my car at around 16:30. Our pace was moderate. Not fast or slow.

hiking
bugs
off trail
scramble
8 days ago

This is like running a marathon. Some do it because they love pushing themselves. Some do it to say that they did. Some do it because they are a glutton for punishment. I guess you can say that I did it for all those reasons. Parking lot was packed by 6am on a Saturday morning. Hit the trail with a headlamp at 6:10. The first 1.5 miles is no joke. Real steep and then it levels off until you reach the switchbacks at mile 6. I experienced some altitude sickness from the top of the switchbacks until the summit. Reached the summit at 10:45, took some pics, fueled up, and headed back down. Made it to the car by 2:10 for 8 hours total time with an actual 6 hours and 40 min of travel time. A bit buggy towards the end, but no mosquitoes. I’m glad I did it, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be in a hurry to do it again anytime soon. Why? It’s not nearly as picturesque as San Bernardino, it’s incredibly long, and I love being on the trail without a lot of people. This was the most crowded trail I’ve been on since Baldy. Are you planning on conquering Mt. Whitney or another 14k peak in the Sierras, then use this as practice for the distance and altitude. TBH though, Whitney is also an overcrowded peak, that’s kind of underwhelming when it comes to beauty, and most people do it just to check it off a list (I’m guilty). For the perfect mixture of challenge and beauty, skip Whitney and this one and try Langley and Big Pine Lakes instead. Overall, long, challenging, checklist item, that is underwhelming in overall trail beauty compared to other peaks in SoCal.

Did this in 1997 with a beginner GF in October. Quick weekend hike. Easy elevation to Columbine Spring. Had 2 dogs with us. Spring was still active so water available. Great colors. At one point in the trail the brush was narrow and took its toll on our shins, so long pants recommended.

Completed 10/6/2019 with Julia. Problems with the AllTrails recording which was incomplete and inaccurate in total distance, time and altitude gain. Harmon tracking confirmed 18.66m. 9h 25m and 7559 elevation gain. However the hike was exciting and challenging in places. The final 2 miles to the summit above the tree line and over loose rock is tedious but the views at the summit are worth the effort. I found the final 2-3 miles on the descent very tiring and the steep section into the valley was tough after a long hike. Nonetheless, an enjoyable experience and achievement. We both left notes in the visitors book at the summit.

Excellent hike. We took our time today - started at 4:00am and wrapped up at 1:30pm. Incredible sunrise, phenomenal views, and a great day. No bugs, it wasn’t too hot, and overall, highly recommended. Looking forward to doing this one again!

I started at the Vivian Creek Trailhead at 7:45 am and made it to the peak after 4 hours and 45 minutes. Back down by 4:25 pm. The weather was perfect. This trail and trailhead are well maintained. This was my final peak of the SoCal 6-Pack Peak Challenge. Garmin stats: 19.5 miles; 5,289 feet of elevation gain; 7:31 moving time; 8:34 total time.

Be prepared for a long day and remember it’s a long journey, don’t rush it if you don’t have to. We started at 6am sharp and hiked in the dark for a little until sunrise. We started early because we didn’t know how long it would take us to complete the hike and wanted as much daylight as possible. There is nothing technical about the hike. Just make sure you have the endurance and mental strength to push through. Bring your 10 essentials. I’m an average hiker, not slow or fast and finished in 9 hours. The least favorite part for me was on the way down the never ending manzanita flat section. I felt like I was in a vortex loop haha, but we made it through! I can definitely see this hike as a knee killer but I prepped with ibuprofen and CBD balm before starting the descent and had ZERO knee issues. The stream after Limber Pine did have water flowing as of today.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

This trail is very strenuous especially starting from Momyer Trailhead to San Bernardino Peak section. Backtracking from San Bernardino Peak to San Gorgonio Peak was as just exhausting from the ups and downs. No water sources to be found anywhere along the trail until High Creek on the way down. Weather temperature being between 40-60 degrees throughout the hike and I carried 4.5L of water with 3.5L being consumed without any refilled. Emergency blanket came in handy when we needed quick naps during the night.

what a perfect day. 40 in the morning 60s and 70s all day. long and tough stash some water. would probably only do as an overnight. 13 hours on trail.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
12 days ago

This trail is very overgrown, wear pants! Not much shade after leaving momeyer trail. Very steep. Beautiful views as you ascend. I saw a bear on my way down, so stay alert. This was a real challenge for me but I'm not in the best shape. Lots of bugs too at the lower elevations going through the oak groves. Not recommended for someone who likes well maintained, easy to follow trails.

Fantastic hike!! In fact this is my new favorite peak in SoCal. Started at 8 am and finished around 5pm. Only saw 2 other people on the entire hike. My AllTrails recorder counted 17 miles with no detours. Temps ranged from mid 50's to mid 60's. A little windy near the top. Spectacular views almost the entire way. Very impressed. The best view is not at the peak but at the overlook at the Washington monument.

hiking
off trail
washed out
15 days ago

This is not an actually trail. I would not recommend doing it. We ended up doing the main trail Vivian instead of hurting ourselves or getting lost.

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