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San Bernardino Peak Trail via Angelus Oaks

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San Bernardino Peak Trail via Angelus Oaks is a 15.8 mile heavily 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: 15.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4,691 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 Mount 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. You’ll need an Adventure Pass for this trail; however, permits are no longer required for day hikes (but recommended) www.sgwa.org.

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rocky
5 days ago

started out early to beat the heat but it wasn't that hot. some wind at the summit but not bad. only used about 1.5L of fluids. bugs were out in force but less above 9400ft. watch out for embedded rocks throughout the trail. found myself getting lazy-footed (mostly tired on the way down) so i'd do the occasional ankle roll.

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rocky
5 days ago

Backpacked to Limber Pine and camped there overnight. It was both beautiful but extremely difficult. it's straight up the whole way except thru a small area. it took us 7 hours going up and only 3 hours going down. I think because I stop every few minutes on the way up, with one lunch break. wear pants and there are small bugs on the bottom part of the hike.

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rocky
5 days ago

As a first time backpacker this trail was not easy. Very windy at night so a tent cover was necessary and very helpful. Once you get to the campground it’s about two miles to get to a creek so make sure to bring a water purifier. Overall a great hike and I’d definitely do it again.

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over grown
5 days ago

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over grown
7 days ago

I did this trail solo backpacking on September 11th. The water is still flowing after Limber Pine Bench Camp! Bugs were not existent around Limber Pine Bench or Peak. Overgrown areas on some parts of trail so wearing pants will be advisable. There is a sign and new register to sign! Please pack out your TP as there are no bathrooms at trail head! Leave No Trace!

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7 days ago

It was a cool hike not very hot, very good was not very trafficked.

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9 days ago

Really nice but it’s not 15 miles lol according to my gps it was 22 miles ! Worth it though the water from that stream is good

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11 days ago

A great So Cal hike! While many do this as a day hike, we overnighted 6 miles up at Limber Pines, then summited the next day. There were zero bugs above 8,000’ (!). There was filterable water 1/4 mile beyond Limber Pines, but I don’t think it was >2-3 cfm, so it may not last another 1-2 months without any rain. The wind lived up to expectations at night, gusting maybe greater than 40-50mph, which explained why so many of the campsites had windbreaks made from old trunks & stacked rocks. The Peak, like so many others, sadly seemed to have lost its telltale sign. Only the last few hundred yards were really steep.

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bugs
12 days ago

Amazing trail with amazing views. If you want to get parking near the trail head I suggest you arrive before 6:30am. This trail will definitely kick your butt; the experience is well worth it.

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12 days ago

I have been doing the Six Peak Challenge this year. This was my favorite trail. Started at 5:30am with a headlamp and summited at 11am. This trail has amazing views from the start and about 1.5 miles through Manzanita Flats was stunning in the morning light. The peak is very simple and small but you can see for miles in all directions. Very long day

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13 days ago

It’s a little tricky to find the trailhead/ your car must be capable of driving a short but bumpy/ rocky dirt path. This is a long trail and beautiful! Perfect weather this time of year and lots of shade if you start early. Be carful of altitude sickness!!!

One of the better trails in the area IMHO. Awesome views on the way up and the climb is rarely too steep. Trail is mostly dirt/gravel and only occasionally rock. Did it on a Sunday, started at 7:30am, parking lot was already full but the trail wasn't too crowded. No bugs! I was surprised but I was't harassed by bugs, it was nice. Weather was perfect. Water is still flowing at 6.2 miles, just after Limber Pines Camp. Trail is easy to follow. There are equal sections in the shade and sun, sunblock still necessary though. Sections of the trail cut through manzanitas, you may want to wear long pants. Cool trail, just long (16.2 miles) but I think the views are worth it.

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over grown
13 days ago

one long hike.

Sept. 8, 2019- This is definitely a new favorite! Certainly a challenge, this high-altitude, 16.5 mile hike climbs nearly 5000’ of gain in 8 miles. The summit it beautiful, but it is the trail itself that really makes this hike a pleasure. It has 3 distinct sections: switchbacks through the forest, a meandering trail through manzanita bushes under the clear skies, and then an incline through more alpine/sparse forest where you can soak in the views as you climb. There is currently running water at mile 6. According to a forest volunteer, there is no human contact above this running spring, so you can drink from it, though a filter is always recommended. You DO NOT need a permit or parking pass for day hiking, though it is recommended to submit one to Mill Creek voluntarily. You do need a pass to camp. There is a beautiful camping spot at Limber Pines, just a bit below the running stream.

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bugs
16 days ago

Great hike but can be rather long. Nats and bugs were a bit of an issue at the beginning of the day at the start. A buff over the ears really helped keep my sanity. Some parts of the trail are narrow due to growth of thorns so may want to consider wearing pants. The creek around mile 6 did have water.

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rocky
18 days ago

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rocky
20 days ago

I felt this hike was a bit deceiving. The entire way upward was, for the most part, easy. The last 2 miles were a bit tough but still manageable. It took me 3.5 hrs to summit. I thought it might then take me around 2.5 hrs to get back to my car, but instead it took me 4 hrs 20 mins. I don’t remember doing all that intense uphill for there to be steep declines on the way back. Also, lots of bugs and the road to the trailhead was a nightmare for my car. If you don’t have a truck or SUV, then you’re on for a rocky/bumpy half-mile ride.

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21 days ago

I didn’t reach the peak on account that I was short on time and started a little too late, anyhow, the trail was absolutely lovely! I chose a really late start on a really hot day... but still it was so relaxing! I saw some people but not as many—which was a great thing! The first part may be the steepest from what I remember, then again, I only went up to around mile 4.5 before I had to turn back. Somewhere along mile 3.5-4 near the manzanita flats you reach the flatter area which is easier on your feet and a great area to take a nice break.

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bugs
24 days ago

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25 days ago

It is a beautiful hike! I did not finish to the peak but I enjoyed the trail and the views! It is really dry and dusty.... bring extra water!

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