San Bernardino Peak Trail via Angelus Oaks

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San Bernardino Peak Trail via Angelus Oaks is a 15.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Angelus Oaks, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4688 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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One of the best-kept secrets of Southern California is San Bernardino Mountain. Just five miles away from the highest peak in SoCal - San Gorgonio - San Bernardino tops out at a respectable 10,649 feet. Hiking from Angelus Oaks, this 15-mile out-and-back trail climbs over 4,700 vertical feet. It makes for a very long day hike or a great weekend backpacking trip. This trail has amazing views that begin very early in the hike. San Bernardino Peak is one of the lesser known (and lesser traveled) peaks in SoCal, providing a nice break from the more crowded trails like Mt. San Antonio. There are three distinct sections to this trail. The first section climbs steadily up well-engineered switchbacks through oak and pine forest. You gain a lot of elevation quickly, but the trail is smooth and not too steep. The second section gently climbs through manzanita, with beautiful views to the north towards Big Bear. The trail beings to climb up the final slope as you near Limber Pines. There is a small seasonal creek that you'll cross about 1/2 mile before Limber Pines. Limber Pines is where the weekend backpackers often setup camp, and it makes a great place for a break before your final climb. The third and final section follows switchbacks up the steep slope to Washington's Monument, then parallels the ridge to the top of San Bernardino Peak.

hiking
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hiking
5 days ago

A gorgeous hike on a beautiful day. This was my 4th peak that I completed as part of the 6 peak challenge and was by far my most challenging. The trail was covered in snow so we had to scramble rocks as suggested by those that turned around, and then traverse across the mountain to the chute. We used micro-spikes for all the snowy sections and once at the chute we kept one foot in the dirt and the other in the softening snow. The one other couple that summit-ed that day, had crampons. We had carried crampons with us, but were more comfortable using micro-spikes. We did slide a few times on the softening snow, but it was all very doable with spikes. The only time we slid was when we chose not to put them back on. Dumb mistake! This app was the best tool that we had on the trail since we had to make our own trail. It was a rewarding summit, but the hardest one to date. And boy, does this descent seem to go on forever! It was nice when we finally saw the parking lot.

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backpacking
14 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike and camping area. We spent two nights at a campground that we thought was Limber Pine Bench, but it turned out to be another fantastic spot right next to it! Since the trail was covered in snow, we had a hard time finding the trail higher up (9,200+ ft), which lead us to our campsite. We didn't make it to the peak however because we didn't have the right gear. Microspikes didn't suffice to make it all the way up to the peak, as the snow was quite loose and sliding was inevitable without crampons or an ice pick. No water, but enough ice to melt to make a 2-day overnight work out just fine!

hiking
1 month ago

Saturday, April 22, 2017. First time up here. Excellent hike, gorgeous from the start. Hit snow at Limber Pine Springs - so close, yet so far! Did not have proper foot gear for snow so common sense said "don't become a stat", so I called it a day at 9,800 and headed down. I will return after snow melts. Great views! Friendly hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike gradual incline mostly DG w/ some rock I am going back to finish it since I was prevented by snow at 9000 ft.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike! Beautiful views and not crowded. The hike is decently steep so beginners keep in mind. But, so worth it!

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hiking
6 months ago

One of the best trails in southern California. Will sometimes just run to the saddle and back to get a quick hike in. The views are pretty spectacular.

hiking
6 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

Hiked this as an overnight trip on Nov. 2, 2016. Very cold and windy and I had the mountain to myself. Hiked to Limber Pine campground, set up camp and continued to summit. Limber Pine campground is excellent, with a lot of sites with rock wall windbreaks. Water at Limber Pines was flowing, but majority was frozen. Views are excellent and Trail is well maintained. A decent level of fitness is required, especially to summit.

walking
6 months ago

Great trail! We only made it to Manzanita Junction, but it was lovely! We plan to summit next summer. Highly recommend, even if you don't do the whole trail.

trail running
6 months ago

Tried this past Monday. Gorgeous fall colors. Rain was heavy with thunder and lighting so we only went up 4 miles then decided to turn around. Will go back but the trail is great and site to behold with changing oak leaf color.

7 months ago

The last 3 miles was a kicker. Not sure if it's because of the elevation but that last 3 miles seemed to take forever! Beautiful hike. Make sure you sign in at the top. It's in a tin can. I totally missed it. Didn't know until other members of our hiking group told me about it after the hike.