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
10 minutes ago

love this trail. from the bottom of trail until the peak have signal and data. But extremely difficult. never ending up and up and up

hiking
9 hours ago

This is the most strenuous hike I've ever done. It took me about 6 hrs to reach the peak and about 3 to go down again. The trail is well marked and easy to follow but it is about 90% uphill. I began to doubt if I would reach the top but when I finally did my legs were so tired! But I felt so accomplished to reach the peak. The views were amazing!

backpacking
1 day ago

Cool.

hiking
7 days ago

GORGEOUS hike-switchbacks in the beginning for an hour? But not bad at all. Once you come out switchbacks the terrain opens up to a majestic Manzanita blanket with giant boulders scattered throughout the valley. I was speechless, it was a view out of Narnia books/movie...A MUST SEE!!! the climb to the top is less green but the view continues to amaze. There is a flowing creek halfway up, we filled up no filter and I'm still alive didn't get sick. When you pass monument, you're going to come up to a Y , head rt, theres little rocks accross it making it appear as if wrong oath, not so. The PEAK is beautiful with spectacular views. If you keep your eyes open and stop to look around you may see wildlife, i saw a deer bedded down under a tree shade.

8 days ago

Divide into 3 parts: forest traverses ~ 3 mile steady climb, gorse traverses ~3 mile flatter portion, then high traverses ~ 2 miles including a few false summits. Was cool in early am but heated up quickly on way back down. I didn't see water described one week ago but may have just missed it. Brought 2L and electrolyte flask that was sufficient. Great trail with varied terrain, highly recommend. My Garmin listed 16.0 miles to lot and back with 4521 elevation gain.

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9 days ago

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14 days ago

This trail is a special treat less than a week after going up San Gorgonio, it was relatively easier to do. Starting in the early dark, I got to the summit around noon, taking pics and video along the way. There was a spring with very refreshing water in the last third of the hike. There were also spectacular views of the surrounding area of SoCal as well as a great view of Forest Falls and the Vivian Creek route up San Gorgonio, giving me flashbacks of the week before. Mid way in the hike the trail flattens out some for a rest in the pace, and it looks like the campground is really nice. Recommended.

hiking
14 days ago

Dirt road to get to trail head is a bit tough with a tiny sedan but just go slow! Found a creek about 3/4 of the way up on the hike. We stopped and filtered some ice cold water, delicious! Beautiful trail, took us about 10hrs to complete.

hiking
16 days ago

Arrived at the trailhead about 7am Sunday morning and got the last parking space. All other had to park back away on the dirt road to the trailhead. The trail is well groomed. Started at about 6000 ft and the peak is around 10500 ft in about 8 miles. Took me 4 hours up and pushed it to get back down in about 3 hours. There's a small spring about half way for good water. The weather was fairly cool to start and there is good tree canopy cover off and on all the way to the top. Needless to say the views are spectacular. Highly recommended!

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19 days ago

Awesome trail!

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26 days ago

The views on this trail were spectacular! The switchbacks in the beginning were a good warm up and then it was a gradual, long uphill climb towards the peak. Nothing technical at all. It was nice to see all of the green. The stream was flowing nicely so I was able to refill my hydration pack with my filter. It was so hot yesterday (mid 80s) so make sure you're prepared for that with plenty of water, snacks, and electrolytes. Peak #4/6 done! Happy hiking!!