Wildhorse Canyon Sugarloaf Overnighter Trail

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San Bernardino National Forest

Wildhorse Canyon Sugarloaf Overnighter Trail is a 26.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Angelus Oaks, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 26.7 km Elevation Gain: 1,221 m Route Type: Out & Back

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The trail climbs continuously but usually gently up to the lip of Wildhorse Canyon, then drops down to a designated site. (Dispersed Camping permit required, but usually east to get). Small creek was running in June, reputed to trickle nearly year round. From the camp, it climbs moderately, then gently to the head of the canyon. Turn left at the "Sugarloaf Trail" sign for a moderately steep pitch to another signed junction with a trail coming in from the Big Bear area. Turn left again and follow the ridge, alternating level stretches with moderate climbs, through open forest to summit of Sugarloaf peak. Views of San Gorgonio on one side, and Big Bear Valley/Lake on the other.

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1 month ago

Nice morning on the trail, started out at 6:30 and finished around 10:30. Made it almost to Wildhorse camp but turned around due to icy snow conditions on the decent into the camp. Saw no one else on the trail so safe social distancing was practiced.

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rocky
10 months ago

Great trail (2N93 - Sugarloaf Mountain). I would consider it “easy” for off roading in the Summer, however after rain or during times of inclement weather, the trail is limited and/or closed. We encountered OHV’s and dirt bikes. Signs exist that restrict some vehicles (check for accuracy). There are plenty of turn-outs, wide areas of road and other to allow opposite traffic. Please be careful to watch out and yield for hikers and bikers, the road is shared with all. This trail traverses a moderately maintained “fire road.” Great views of San Gorgonio Mountain (SW), the valley (W) and then Woodlands (NW). Towards the apex, you encounter meadows and flatter area to pull off into shade and take in the fresh air. For the rock hounds, many rocks on either side to choose from! Overall, we took it slow with our (mostly) stock Jeep and enjoyed an awesome hour and half trek.

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rocky
11 months ago

Parking available off the road. Trail is easy to follow. Good balance of flat and inclines. Lizards, chipmunks, beautiful plants and flowers. Amazing views. Went 3 miles in.

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snow
Sat May 04 2019

32 degrees at 6am and 70 when I finished at 1:30. This trail faces south for the first 6 miles and can be very hot during the summer months so start early. The trail is very nice with a very gradual incline until you reach Wildhorse camp at 4 miles in, then it gets tough. From Wildhorse camp you cross the creek and head uphill for about a mile to a 3 way junction where you turn left up a very steep old Jeep road. After about 1/2 mile or so you will reach another junction, again turn left and begin hiking along the Sugarloaf ridge. This portion of the trail has some nice flat sections and also some steep sections, and after about 2 miles you will lose about 300 feet of elevation before starting up the final push to the summit. There were some snow drifts still lingering but most were easily gotten through on the way up, on the way down they had softened considerably leading to major post holing, these should melt out in the next couple of weeks. This route up from Hwy 38 is the longest approach to Sugarloaf but very enjoyable if you have the stamina, enjoy.

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Mon Sep 17 2018

Took a couple hours hike, not the entire thing, I was short on time but curious. This seems to be a good workout for peak bagging. Beautiful views, varied terrain, easy to follow trail marked but not overdone. Moderate gradual incline. Shade when needed. I'll be back to do the overnight sometime.

Tue Sep 13 2016

Some of the best views you can get. This is definitely a trail that is overshadowed by San G

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Fri Jun 17 2011

Trail starts out near a creek with beautiful meadows. Very rocky trail. Tail near the top is mostly shale. Very slippery and hard on the knees. Bring your trekking poles. Sugarloaf peak offers beautiful views of the San Gabriel Mountains and Big Bear. Look for the white can at the top so you can add your name to the book.

recorded Recording - Sep 28, 3:56 PM

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