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.

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Beautiful views, steady uphill, very steep areas, and very rocky. Take plenty of water and food. There are no bathrooms so take a wag bag. Also, our GPS clocked 16.5 miles.

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We tackled our 4th peak #SanBernardinoMountain for our 2017 #sixpackofpeaks challenge. We trekked up to the top of 10,649 feet. It took us about 6 hours to reach it and was such a beautiful hike. I have to admit this has to be my So Cal favorite now with stunning views and scenery all along the way. It was 18-miles out-and-back (we ventured off) and over 4,600 vertical feet. It was a very long day hike but worth all of the aches and pains today. We knew we would need a lot of water (4 liters each min.) so we dropped frozen water bottles and full bladders along the way so on our way back we had ice cold water and it saved us from lugging it all up and back. The first 5 miles is a gradual climb and was pretty easy compared to the rest. We actually dropped my pack 1 mile from the peak and Shawn’s ½ mile. We were so tired of carrying them and made the rest much easier. We kept looking up wondering “how much further” we could almost touch the sky but it kept going and going and going. Once we summit we got to take in the breathtaking views of Big Bear Lake. Lucky for us that there we light sprinkles and it kept us cool since it was a nice hot day about 85 degrees. I’d definitely do this again but would love to camp out.

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16 days ago

beautiful hike. great views. long and hard hike. forested much of the way. didnt feel like i was in socal. highly recommended

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17 days ago

We did this the last week in June. Getting pretty warm. Bring LOTS of water. Water flowing quite well at Pine Bench. I also recommend you put shoes on your dogs. There are some stretches of unshaded trail and the dogs do burn their feet. Awesome hike.

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17 days ago

beautiful hike. hard, long. but the views are incredible and the forest is fantastic

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20 days ago

It's a lengthy one and it was my final peak in the Six Pack of Peaks Challenge. We hiked it as a day hike on Fathers Day. The weather was not necessarily in our favor as it was hot hot hot but I brought enough water, electrolytes, and snacks to enjoy all 16.5 miles. The trail is a steady gain all the way up to the peak. There's a creek along the way and a handful of decent break spots. Overall, I enjoyed this hike! Don't forget your permit - rangers were checking on our way down.

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