San Bernardino Divide with 9 Summits

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San Bernardino Divide with 9 Summits is a 25.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Forest Falls, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is only recommended for very experienced adventurers and primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

25.8 miles
7,552 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash




trail running






off trail

Summit route for all named peaks along the San Bernadino divide. Gorgonio, Jepson, Little Charlton, Charlton, Sheilds, Anderson, San Bernardino East and San Bernardino. All day hike or a backpacking trip. Scrambling (2nd - 3rd class) required for some peaks.

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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