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Just completed this hike. 4hr30min with a couple breaks and 3L of water. Lake was dry, the creeks were flowing but is very easy to cross. Unfortunately, the first 2-3 miles was burned down a couple years ago and right now is still just a forest of charred trees.

Incline is mild with a couple short tough parts. Only saw about 10 people. Great day hike, will come back in the winter.

I was lucky to have my friend Ryan, an experienced ultra runner and trail junkie take my slow ass up this awesome mountain. It’s a pretty big climb so be prepared, yet totally doable for anyone that’s in good shape. I loved it and can’t wait to do it again.

Really good hike! Not trekked as much as some other nearby trails. Good views.

Hiked this trail 2 weeks age and the trail was snow bound last mile or so. Dry Lake was completely snow bound. Beautiful! Yesterday’s hike was completely different. Just traces of snow on the trail only at the very top and The snow was completely gone up top. Dry lake was wet again. Beautiful! Very good time to hike this trail. Sun was out, but there was a cool breeze making it very comfortable!

Love this hike! First time I did it in the winter with plenty of snow on the top couple of miles. Was a cold start around 8am, but the sun came up quickly and it turned out to be a beautiful day to hike. No snow for the first half of the hike, but after the creek crossing and the beginning of the switchbacks the snow was constant to the top at Dry Lake. Snow was pretty frozen in the morning, but I kept from slipping by hiking in previous footsteps. Should have put my micro spikes on, but was lazy. Dry Lake was beautiful full of snow, but cold and windy, so I didn't stay too long. Took my time going down, with several breaks to enjoy my thermos of coffee and bagel. Only ran into a hand full people along the way. Got back to the trail head around 2pm. Was pretty tired because hiking in the snow took its toll. Great day though. Would highly recommend this trail anytime, but the winter hike was special.

Is this trail open ?

Beautiful trail! Lots of "BAM!"s (Beauty Appreciation Moments) from the massive redwood trees at the beginning, the sweeping views over the mountains, and the snow!

As of Saturday Feb 18, trails were clear below around 9000ft, and microspikes and poles are highly recommended above that elevation. We passed some people barebooting it, but it was quite slippery in some parts on the packed snow.
Jackdaw Springs where we camped was well sheltered from wind. There was some flowing water but it was very shallow (1" of water or so) and muddy. The last mile or two before Foresee Creek was quite windy, we were glad we had our hardshell jackets+pants. We didn't find water at Forsee Creek, so we cut short our plans to continue to Bernardino Peak because we didn't have enough fuel to melt snow.

It snowed a little this morning (Sunday Feb 19) in Angelus Oaks, so conditions have probably changed on the trail.

Good challenging day hike. Will definitely do it again.

Beautiful hike. The lake was dry, but the streams were flowing and beautiful. There were a few trees fallen over the trail after a recent rainstorm.

7 months ago

Lightly traveled trail with several stream crossings. Loved the peaceful easy feeling provided by this trail. Highly recommend this trail for those looking for an easier less-traveled trail.

Hiked up to Dry Lake two days ago. Beautiful as always. 113 degrees in the valley and 75 on the mountain. Had a run in with a very large mountain lion two miles up from Jenks Lake road just before Horse Meadow so be careful out there. Awesome trail.

We completed our final peak #sangorgonio in our #2107 #sixpackofpeaks challenge. This beast took us 11 hours and was 22 miles roundtrip. We went up to 11,500 elevations via #southforktrail in #angelusoaks #california. The elevation gain was 4858. This is the highest peak in all of #southerncalifornia. We opted for this trail over Vivian Creek due to the elevation. We decided we could go longer miles easier than the steep incline since we were both coming off bronchitis and being sick for a few weeks. We started at 7:10 am and ended at 6:35 pm. We did stop for lunch and spent about 30 minutes chilling on the peak enjoying the unparalleled views atop and another snack before the long hike back. It seemed like the trail would never end. It just kept going and going and going. Absolutely epic day and grateful to explore these epic journeys with the one I love #shawnbrown and great friends #reneedelbarba. #Alltrails said it was 18.8 miles but we both GPS it at 22 miles Round Trip. #daniwalker #danilynwalker #socalhiker #killinit #californiahikers, #optoutside #viewfromthetop #blessed #neverstopexploring #sticktogetherinloveforever

8/6/2017 new to hiking 2 weeks ago hubby took me about half way. great workout. this Sunday went half way again. it was a nice hike. if you dont workout on a regular basis try something more mild.we started at 540am while it was cool outside with slight breeze.we were back to the car by 840am all in all wonderful hike lots of pretty wild flowers.super cool to see bear paw prints half way up the trail. funny to see them going up the trail like us humans. well it is their home after all.

Nice trail. Start around 6500 and finish at the saddle around 10500. Around 13 miles round trip. Beautiful weather. Pine trees all the way so plenty of shade and a constant grade up and down, trail is less than 1/3 rocky. So easy on the feet and lite traffic. Only ran into 2 groups of hikers all day. Only thing, don't drive your Honda to the trail head, dirt road is rough!!!! Other than that I highly recommend this hike.

Took off at 8AM from the trail head this morning 07/28/2017. Ran into two volunteers about a 1/4 mile up the trail and that was the last time I saw anyone for the rest of the day. The trail has recently reopened and due to the burn the wild flowers are insane. There's plenty of water throughout the hike. I got to Dry Lake at 10:30AM and had some lunch and then bailed back down the mountain. Awesome hike.

Picked up the permit just after 7am and was on the South Fork Trail just before 8am. Sun was out early but it was a mild morning. First couple of miles were through fire damaged trees, but there were areas that flourished around springs here and there. The forest grew lusher approaching the main river and there was a cool breeze through the canyon. Pretty steady climb to the river crossing then steepened up going to Dry Lake, which was wet, about 2/3 of the riverbed. Overall a worthwhile hike which I enjoyed.

11 months ago

this was a nice hike, the first part starting in frome the parking area is a little steep but not bad at all, after that it's up and down easy hike, the creek was really nice great view's, well shaded along the way, good trail to do in the summer, good trail to take if you have little ones, just remember to stop along the way and take in the scenery that's what it's all about my fellow brother and sister hikers, enjoy !!

beautiful trail. the parking lot is down a ride that is a little rocky (far enough down a road that you kind of feel like your not supposed to be there. the trail is beautiful but narrow so I would say for older kids. the first 1/2-1 mile is the hardest and steep right from the parking lot but if you can push past it you won't be disappointed.

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

Sunday, July 17, 2016

As Matt stated, closed at fork with John's Meadow, which we hiked. Nice, mostly pine covered trail with a couple of very small water sources. Lots of bugs in these areas. Passed two guys wearing mosquito netting. Hike it out to end of trail, eat in the shade, then hike it back. Six plus pleasant miles. Great trail.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Trail closed

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Went yesterday and it was very nice. The flowers, squirrels, and hawks were awesome. There were four of us with one who is not in good shape, but she did pretty well. However, on the way back she had to push bike at times because she was fatigued. The only negative was that I had the feeling that parts of the trail were used by homeless people and some drug addicts. I would not allow my daughter to ride this trail alone. Overall, beautiful scenery and nice ride.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Great trail. We did this trail on December 23rd. There were plenty of snow along the way. It got a bit tough towards the end because the trails were covered in snow and ice. Lots of deer and bear tracks. If you're planning to go during the winter, wear warm clothing and by all mean, bring trekking poles.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Good beginner hike. Only route open is to Johns meadow right now due to the Lake Fire. Steep incline up until about the johns meadow, jackstraw springs fork. Then sort of levels out with slight ups and downs. Occasionally there are opening that show the valley.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Lovely. Not too hard. Really becomes beautiful about 1.5 miles in.

The Eastern most part of the Santa Ana River Trail is quite nice. Most of the trail is in good shape (a little "slopy/shelfy", but quite nice for dry forest area). It was not affected by the recent fires. The beginning and ending of my track correspond to parking areas on either Glass Road or Hwy 38. I would say this part is more consistently pretty verses Glass Road to Angelus Oaks, though the whole thing is worth while. Lots of bikers love this trail. I'm a hiker.

Monday, June 08, 2015

The 7 mile dirt road to the trail head is rough, but I did it in my subaru WRX. Takes patience and I hit a couple rocks but didn't damage my car. I would say if you have a longer sedan this is a huge no go, you'll get caught on large humps. If you have a shorter 2wd car that has OK clearance it's doable, but you will hit one or two rocks.

That 7 miles took me 45 minutes each way. Will probably take a truck 25 min.

My GPS said 10.12 miles one way to the top from the trail head. We were on the trail for 10 hours including stops. It was a long day but a beautiful trail. Elevation gain is relatively gradual, I never felt like I was climbing stairs.

Small creeks at the bottom, but I don't think any of the halfway water points had water. We brought 4 liters each and had water to spare.

The trail was really well marked. Never got lost or thought we were lost.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Awesome trail

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It still gets chilly in the first week of April up there, and you are even likely to find snow and ice once your get above 8,000 feet or so. It depends on the year. This is a very strenuous hike to do in one day, but absolutely worth it. I highly recommend it. Dry Lake is a great spot to eat lunch before you head back to the trailhead.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

This is a great trail, this was my second attempt at it and didn't want to write a review till I finished. First time we had to turn back because my partner got sick. This time I was bound and determined to get to the peak. Unfortunately this weekend is the last weekend I would recommend going unless you have some serious snow gear such as crampons and possibly backpacking gear. There was a decent amount of ice on the trail which made for slower travel, but it was doable as long as there was softer snow. Towards the peak there was probably 4-5 inches of snow and it made following the trail a little difficult. We were the only people who had gone past Jackstraw Creek camp and had no foot steps to follow so the snow was still pretty fresh. Saw some deer and bear tracks which was pretty cool and got to see a beautiful sunset. Overall this trail kicked my butt, however it was well worth it to get to the peak!

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