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Great day hike. Beautiful views the trail wasn’t hard at all.

This is one of the most beautiful trails that I have hiked in SoCal. It was not crowded at all. There was snow and ice for the last 2 miles on the trail. It took me 4 hours to hike up and 3 hours to return. I highly recommend some microspikes or poles because of the ice and snow. Hopefully with the warmer and dryer weather over the next week will melt everything before next weekend for the next round of hikers!

One of the most beautiful trails in the So Cal peaks. not crowded

One of the most perfect hikes in the San Bernardino wilderness.
Dont tell anyone about it.
Long and tough.

Absolutely loved this hike on a perfect fall day! Hiked first weekend of October...do be aware that temps towards the peak are definitely in the colder range...bring layers...I found I didn't need warm gear for the first 6 miles and then swapped in some warmer gear for the last two to the summit and an additional vest and hat for the first two miles back down. Also note this is a solid 16 mile trail not the 15.1 the description states. Yes the road in to the trail head is partially washed out/not in the best shape...was able to drive it fine with a Honda Fit just took it slow and had no problems.

great hike on a well maintained trail

Beautiful day hike especially for those who are willing to take on a challenge while avoiding crowds it’s very rare to see another person on this trail don’t forget to stop about .7 of mile from the summit for a exceptional view and a cool make shift bench out of stone that is excellent for a photo to compliment the adventure you just took

24 days ago

We started our hike from Barton Flats visitor center based on previous reviews. It's probably over a mile going uphill zigzagging but the trail was not steep and had a lot of shade so it's quite easy and clearly marked. The lake (more like a man made pond for fishing) was beautiful but water was a bit low in the fall. The hike itself was very pleasant with little creek and trees and occasionally a view of mountains nearby. Rangers at the visitor center were nice and helpful.

One of the prettiest hikes I have done. It has a gradual incline so not so bad, About a mile in a half before the Peak vear to the right and you will see a cement bench with incredible views! This is a popular trail so parking was filling up fast around 6:00 am but it was gonna be a warm day. Highly recommend...

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked on Friday 9/21/18. Beautiful hike and very well maintained trail. Lots of different mileage estimates out there, but definitely more than 15.1 miles — my best estimate is 15.8 miles. Elevation gain is 4,719 feet from the parking lot. Leave early! You’ll appreciate the cool of the early morning. Take at least 3 or 4 liters of water, but there was at least 1 small stream (needs to be treated or filtered) on the trail still running, about halfway to summit. The approach dirt road is very rutted now, I would not recommend taking it with a low clearance vehicle. Saw mountain lion prints on the trail on the way up. Windy at various spots, but not at the summit the day I hiked it.

backpacking
26 days ago

I hiked it in September of 2018 and it was beautiful. Rough time going up for inexperienced hikers. Wasn't too cold to camp without a tent. Also not too many bugs

My fav of the Six pack of peaks SoCal, its #4 for me. Didn't really feel the elevation gain due to the gradual switchbacks. Left close to 6:30 am last Saturday and finished at 1:30 pm. Really windy at the top. Dress accordingly. Not very busy. Follow the hiking guys directions to find parking. Frontage road past fire station, turn right, go 4 wheeling for 1/4 mile. Not alot of parking so get there early. San Jacinto Peak is next. The full 19 miles!

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.

Hiked on September 15th. Great trail conditions. I recommend driving a car with a high ground clearance as the third of the mile from highway 38 to the trailhead is not paved and deeply rutted with large rocks sticking out. A wind breaker will come in handy too. I hiked to Limber Pine this time but hope to make it all the way up next time.

backpacking
1 month ago

I hiked in on Friday afternoon and passed about 6 people. Beautiful. Camped.


Hiked out Sat morning and passed about 50 people. Groups of people just stopped and you couldn’t pass. Other times slower groups saw me and would not let me pass. I also never mind people having dogs off leash ... if you can control them ... this was not the case. People also blocked other cars in at the trailhead!! Ended up annoyed.

Who wants to fight through crowds and have to deal with out of controlled dogs? I could have stayed closer to home if I wanted to have these encounters.

I used to love this trail ...

Was Limber Creek Flowing

Trail is open, I hiked it 9-8-18 and there were lots of others out there as well.
My GPS did not take me straight to road to the trailhead, I had to go up a side road past the fire station to find it. From there, it was a really bumpy dirt road. I was glad I had my SUV. Parking is limited.
The entire trail is at a pretty steady incline with multiple steep sections mixed in. A lot of it is completely exposed to the sun. Bring plenty of water. I usually don’t wear sunscreen but wish I had on this trail.
There is a view point about 2 miles from the summit with spectacular views of baldy, Gorgonio & plenty of others. Definitely worth a stop.
There are also quite a few sections surrounded by bushes with prickly ball things so it you take a pup, check their feet often or bring dog boots.
Did this hike the day after Gorgonio (not recommended) so my times were terrible but we started around 830am, summited around 145pm and got back to the car at 645pm.

Just did a section Labor Day weekend. Nice warm-up trail to whet my growing apatite for hiking and backpacking. Nothing difficult. Not a place for solitude, but not crowded either.

Correction, it’s 16 miles

hiking
1 month ago

if you take Google maps directions it will take you to the Jenks Lake parking area which is state run & costs $5, or you can pass Jenks Lake Rd. to park at Barton Flats Visitor Center & walk in by trail. we walked the entire way around the lake, not just the short paved section on All Trail. Our route was 1.25 miles. The lake rec area offer fishing, boating, vault toilets & picnic areas with charcoal grills.

I just hiked the section from Glass Road to Thomas Hunting Grounds. This is a very pretty section of the trail with a lot of diversity. Several pretty stream crossings. Not great for those afraid of heights though because some sections have a steep drop off combined with a narrow trail.

Important to note: the trail is severely eroded on either side of Schneider Creek. After feeling unsafe in a couple spots and seeing more up ahead, we ended up traveling down Schneider Creek to Middle Control Road. There was a sign indicating this coming from west but not the east. Best to stay on Middle Control Road for this section, as it closely parallels, until this gets fixed!

Trail is closed indefinitely due to a fire in the area. Also the road up to the trailhead is very rocky like off roading, beware if you don’t drive an SUV. Get there early as parking is extremely limited.

Haven’t actually hiked it, just wanted others to know as it’s not posted anywhere!

Great choice for trail running. Not crowded at all. I train for ultras on this trail. After summiting San Bernardino peak you can continue on to other peaks nearby as the trail continues east.

We really enjoyed this trail. Good views, not too hard. Peaceful. Feels more secluded that you are in a few spots. Saw signs of mountain lion & some different birds. Trees pretty healthy relative to other parts of SBNF. Did see a mountain bike go off one of the dropoffs and take a tumble so use caution. It stays fairly close to roads & cabins so there is light traffic noise but you can also hear the river & birds.

We are so sad! We arrived to the trailhead only to find this trail closed due to the fires. There was no indication here on your app that it was closed and based on all the reviews, one being two weeks ago, we wouldn’t have known it was closed. Apparently this whole area was evacuated two weeks ago. At least according to the locals. Don’t drive all the way here! Trail is closed. Check with forest rangers first. $5000.00 fine. I look forward to hiking this peak as soon as it is open again.

The Santa Ana River Trail from Angelus Oaks east to Highway 38 (about 16 miles or so one way) is an extremely nice area. We did an out and back from Middle Control dirt Road (aka Mill Creek Road) heading back West towards Angelus Oaks. Quite scenic. about 30 % of this track is pretty double track, then even prettier single track. The trail follows the side of a North facing steep mountain (down the hill is the huge Seven Oaks/ Santa Ana River canyon that ends at the ocean in Orange County). It is ledgy in a few parts, and you do have to pay attention. The trail narrows in a few place to maybe 8-10 inches with steep slopes on your side. There's bike tracks throughout though. Since this side of the mountain is north-facing, it is quite shady all day. Quite scenic, and becoming one of my favorite areas to hike. Didn't see a sole in the 3 hours we were out.

Absolutely beautiful hike. My favorite of the 6 pack of peaks. Went on 7/4 and wasn't too crowded, however the dirt road leading up to it was difficult for my husband's crown Victoria.

Clocked 16.25 miles from the trail head not 15 like stated in the review. Started at 5:55am trying to avoid to heat wave that was supposed to hit, fortunately the weather was perfect! Loved the trail, very well maintained & easy to follow. Manzanita flats & the views from the top were my favorite! We came across a few groups of other hikers but not to many which was great. I would definitely hike this trail again.

3 months ago

Easy short hike from the highway. Little water runoff from the lake along the trail in a couple of parts.

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