Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Angelus Oaks with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Decided to try something different and started at Forsee Creek to Shields, Anderson, San Bernardino East to West then descended via Johns Meadow. Great views, variation in terrain, and highly recommended except I underestimated the heat and only took 3L of fluid. My dog drank 1L and I ran out the last two hours. She was able to soak and drink at one small spring before the Johns Meadow split and at two larger creeks in the meadow but paranoid me decided not to drink from any and left the filter and purification tabs at home. Big mistake on a hot day that hit 80 in Angeles Oaks. GPS listed about 18.5 miles and 4436 elevation gain. This route is less traveled and I only ran into people descending from San B.

This is a narrow trail up a decomposed granite ridge to a nice secluded lookout point. Since the DG can be loose and the trail steep, wear appropriate shoes. Bring lots of water - there are no facilities or fountains at the trail head, lookout or along the way.

Much of the trail is sunny, but there are frequent shady patches to cool down and catch your breath.

Some recordings for this trail start at the end of the paved road, but there is space to park at the trail head along the unpaved Radford Truck Trail. This is the dirt road where the sign indicated “to big bear”, and another sign indicated a helipad.

Driving or hiking along the truck trail, continue straight through any intersection or junction. Look for overhead utilities and a fire usage restriction sign - the trail head is on the left. There is room for two or three cars to park off the road.

Total elevation gain over the 3 miles to the lookout was about 2000 ft from the trail head - not including the truck trail.

The view is primarily southward towards San Gorgonio and sometimes westward. It keeps getting better and better the higher you climb.

Once you reach the Skyline trail, follow signs towards Knotty Pine / Grandview.

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

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.

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9 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.

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.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

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 !!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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.

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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.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Took the Forcee creek trail to Anderson flats then on to Shields and Anderson peaks (the trail was closed when I hiked it). Snow the entire way and the trail is impossible to follow and completely ends at the junction to the flats. Had to use GPS and forge thigh high snow to ridgeline. I think I bagged both peaks but did not see signs on either so who knows. I would highly recommend flagging trees along the way so you don't get lost and would wear micro spikes at the least. If you are new to hiking this is not the trail for you.

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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.

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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.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

So high clearance is recommended but not a necessity. I drove my 2013 Yaris with no bumps on the way up, and one knock coming down.(driver error) the trail is about 18 miles not 8 or so like the page says. It is a very constant slope. I'm a newer hiker and I only stopped on the way up for some water and to have a lunch break at 10,500ft. Very do able if you're ok with 10 hours of hiking. I brought 100oz of water with me and had some to spare on the way home. All together the best hike south of the Sierras. :)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hiked this trail with son and daughter to Anderson camp. Strenuous climb but worth the views. Big Bear lake and lights at night. Enchanting pine forest and flats at top. Carry 2L of water to be safe...no water in creek along trail. Spring is located at Dollar Lake / Angelus Camp fork signs (7 mi) from trailhead. Look down to right of trail fork located in bushes is a trickle spring. Filter water.

on Forsee Creek Trail

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hiked this hike today with a meet up group. It is a moderate ascent up to Anderson Flats and peak. We went over to Shields Peak. It was a rock scramble to the top. A lot of fun. Not something I do regularly. Out of my comfort zone but was easily overcome with the great company I was with. Most of the trail is shaded with pine needles underfoot or underboot! Quite a peaceful hike. The scenery is awesome. A nice way to get to San Bernardino Peak…Our hike was 4400 elev gain and 14miles

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Me and my buddy did this trail up to Jackstraw Springs this morning with our dogs. Beautiful trail and moderate hike. Mostly shaded all the way up to the spring. Took us just over 2 hours to get up with some rests and just under an 1 1/2 hours down.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Started at Aspen Glen on account of the road being a bit too much for my tiny car. Hiked up to the summit and back. The view and the mountain itself are just breathtaking.I would suggest camping and doing it in 2 days or start hiking very early as we had to practically run down the mountain before dark.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Nice hike went up 3 miles 8571elevation tried to make jack straw ran out of time

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Saturday, June 02, 2012

Had a wonderful trail run in end of May. Drove up the Fire Road and that was a bit annoying. 4-wheel drive not necessary, but some ground clearance will definitely help with a few sections. Started off a bit late (around 9 in the morning). Chilly in the low 30's, but was warming up steadily. Trailhead starts off at around 8k ft or so, and took me just about 2 hours to run/jog up to 11.5k ft Gorgonio Peak (which was cold, windy). My first real trail run, so time is a bit slow and I stopped for lots of photos. Gorgeous views all the way! Talk about clean air, solitude, that outdoors smell.. Passing through the campgrounds was great, lots of friendly hikers. Total run time was around 4.5 hours, and just at about 20 miles. Altitude makes it oh so difficult if you're not used to it.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Gorgeous! You need a four wheel drive vehicle to get to the entrance. Within a half hour, you've hiked into an old growth silver pine forest. The hike is moderate, and the climb is unceasing. It's the fastest way to get to Dry Lake. Very beautiful!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Went up about 5 miles to about 9500 ft elevation then went back down. I don't consider myself a pro hiker, but I also disagree with people calling this a difficult climb. It is a well marked trail and a moderate incline. A great little hike starting at 8 am in the middle of august with plenty of shade from tree canopies.

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on Forsee Creek Trail

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on Forsee Creek Trail

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on Forsee Creek Trail

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