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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.

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

5 stars because The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. The grade is good for running and hiking. Passed Only a few dozen people all day. Parking was filling up by 630, was 7/4 holiday so maybe irregular.

South Fork Trail in Barton Flats continues to be a very strong hike in spite of recent fires. It still has a beauty which is different than before. Never hiked a burn area before. The burned trees are very interesting. What is really different is the undergrowth and especially the wild flowers which has to be one of the best in the mountains right now. There is lots of light getting to the forest floor because of the burn, making this wonderful flower show! Trails are in great shape (and only slightly rocky). We went to South Fork Meadows only, and had lunch near the stream.

5/24/18

I really enjoyed this trail! I went during the week and saw about 5 other people all day.

The trail is a steady climb for the first couple miles then levels off, meandering through manzanita trees and pines then picks up elevation gain steadily toward the peak.

Limber pines looks like a great place to overnight camp.

I had my first mountain lion sighting on my way back down the trail. I heard rustling and saw dust, then a mountain lion in full sprint in the opposite direction from me. It didn't want anything to do with me for sure. Scary but exhilarating. Just blew my whistle and made a lot of noise the rest of the way down.

Went for a weekend backpacking trip. Started the hike up at 8:15 Saturday morning and reached Limber Pines around noon. The trail is steep at the beginning and was definitely a good workout with packs. Packed 2L each and we drank all of it on the way up, you need it when it’s 85 degrees!

After setting up camp at Limber Pines, we refilled our water at the small stream about half a mile above the campground. If you’re staying overnight, water treatment (tablets or pump) is a must. Limber Pines was pretty crowded on Saturday night.

Made our way to the peak with a day pack. The views at the stone bench just before Washington’s monument were spectacular!

Made the hike back down in less than 3 hours the next morning! Excellent views and a challenging but fun hike up. Definitely glad we camped instead of doing it all in one day.

We started early in the morning while it was still cool. The sun came up and we had to shed a layer and we got swarmed by a bunch of mosquitoes, we sprayed on some repellent, once we were on the move again we no longer had bug issues after that. Water was still running down the side of the mountain and all the wildflowers were in bloom. They were so colorful, red, white, purple, yellow, and orange. We stopped a lot to enjoy the beautiful backdrops of color to take pictures. So, the hike took a little longer then planned. Hardly anyone on the trail. The trail gets narrow with over grown bushes in some spots, I'm glad I wore pants to protect my legs. The views from the top were amazing. This was a wonderful hike with wonderful company. So glad we all had the day together.

Started 7:00 a.m. 56 degrees and sunny. Arrived at the peak at 12:00 p.m. Windy and coolish at the top. Started with shorts, a long sleeve t-shirt and a very light weight jacket which I put on and off throughout the day. Beautiful views and the Manzanita was spectacular. Trail is not steep but just long and steady. There was water just above the Limber Pines camping area. I brought along 3L of water and used 2L.

I absolutely loved this hike! I’ve done Baldy, Wilson, and Cucamonga and this and Baldy are my top favorites.

Quick tip: if you have an SUV or truck, drive it instead of a car! I drove my Ford Focus and it scraped a number of big rocks on the dirt road leading up to the parking lot. It sucked. The dirt road is in very bad condition. Also, no bathrooms at the trailhead.

Personal highlights: The temps on 6/16 were absolutely perfect. 60s/low 70s. I packed a fleece for the summit but didn’t need to use it. Wildflowers were abundant and smelled wonderful. No bugs!
This hike will probably quick your booty, or at least test it, but it’s a gradual ascent, and there are quite a few flat places during the first 5 miles that provide relief. I suggest wearing sunscreen even though the temps are cool and there are many shaded spots. The sun is stronger at higher elevations! Happy hiking. :)

Beautiful trail. Get there early as the lot fills up fast (before 6:30am). Great views of Big Bear lake, San Jacinto, Mt. Baldy. No bathrooms at the base and lots of human waste right by the parking lot wasn't too nice.

We did this hike in about 9 and a half hours last weekend. We took a lot of breaks. The views were stunning, the air was cool. It was very windy and cold on the summit. The trail was easy to follow and it was a steady climb up. Absolutely loved it and wish we would've made an over night trip of it!

Best substantial hike in SOCAL no mountain bikes
Just pick your times and dates carefully

Very comfortable to hike, no dangerous part. Feels like the best view is not at summit where you would be surrounded by trees, but a corner right before Washington monument.

Great hike. Not real steep at any location but a steady climb all the way. The views at the top are incredible, big bear lake, San Jacinto, and Old Greyback. Had a blast, but the last mile coming off the mountain was tough after I rolled an ankle, just glad it wasn’t higher up.

Stunning! Will be back (overnight instead of Day hike)

This is my review on Dry Lake Hike, last week went to Dollar Lake, via the South Fork Trail, see my review on that Hike. We left at 7:30, weather was perfect, had 3L of water. Be aware that a large portion of this hike is through burn areas.
After 1 mile, you reach the Old Horse Ranch and meadow, another 2/10's of a mile you reach the Forest Service Road, if you go left up the road, for about 1.5 miles, you reach Poopout Hill Trail, a short 6/10's of a mile hike, with a nice view of San Gorgoino Peak, that intersects with the South Fork Trail.
About the 3 Mike mark, you reach the Dry/Dollar Lake split, go left and you come across your water stop if you need water. At the time of this review, their were 3 streams with flowing water. The next section is nice easy switchbacks with nice views. The very last section is much more rockier as you are going up a dry riverbed.
Once you reach Dry Lake (lake is dry), you can go left or right. Left takes you to the camp sites, Right takes you to the Dry Lake Trail, which leads up to the Peak. Their is a sign for water at Lodgepool Springs, we didn't go check it out or actually how far it is away. Their are lots of camp sites on the east side of the lake. We sat on a log, at the edge of the lake, had a relaxing lunch and took in all the beautiful views and wehad the entire area to our self.
As we headed back down, stopped to watch a woodpecker hammering away at a tree, saw lots of Steller Jays, Chipmonks, a dear, and two Jack Rabbit's. Lots of different varieties of flowers, and the Flume - which is a waterway off the Santa Ana River that winds all the way down to Jenkes Lake.
We took the short trail up to Poopout Hill, and down the service road, then back down the South Fork Trail back to the car. Overall the hike was awsome, didn't find it all that difficult. Only saw 4 people on the trail all day, and they were a group going up to Dry Lake to camp. Overall hike was around 8 hrs, but we were just taking our time, enjoying bring out in nature.

Gorgeous hike! Although there are no very steep portions, there are also very few flat areas during the 8 mile ascent. My Apple health phone application indicated the round trip was 16.4 miles with over 44,500 steps and 184 floors high.

The listed description is fairly accurate. The first 3 miles is mostly shaded through a conifer and oak forest. The next 2 miles were fairly exposed in a manzanita and shrub meadow. Limber Pine Camp is located about 5 miles into the hike. The final 3 miles have a lot of switchbacks. Once you see the Washington plaque, you have about 20 more minutes to the summit.

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.

2 months ago

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.

Did this hike last Sunday (04/29/18). Fairly challenging due to distance and altitude. Patchy snow above 9k feet but no need for microspikes or crampons. Great views. Took about 7.5 hours with a few breaks.

Dirt road to parking area is not easily passable with a sports car. Had to park at restaurant across the street.

Lots of people, trash, empty bottles, and cigarettes butts. No thanks.

Hiked 4 21 2018. Trail clear all the way to Limber Pine with patches of snow after that. Might want spikes early morning, but the snow does soften up late morning. This is one of the nicer hikes if the six peaks. Great views throughout, especially on the way down.

The trail is passable without the need for traction all the way to the summit. This is a great hike that provides a wide variety of amazing views. The track is kind across the (reported 15.7 miles...I think it is closer to 16) as it has a nice middle portion of flat to rolling trail to allow you to make up for steep beginning and summit sections.

Peaked this back in 2014 with a buddy of mine, Bentz. Had an awesome time, camped out and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Highly recommend.

summited Friday 4/13 2018
snowy icy patches in the shaded parts of trail. best with some traction but OK without. last 500m was covered in snow so make your own trail up

April 6 2017 went with my girlfriend and summited this bad boy but it wasn't worth it. As of 2 days ago this trail starts being dangerous at around 8,500 elevation. With so many pictures on Instagram of people "summiting" you'd think it would be well marked with foot prints.. nope... (pictures from awhile back maybe?) The snow makes it super hard to follow the trail so you have to ascend up and most of the snow is very unstable so expect to sink your legs alot ( previous footprints don't help). Many arent visible anymore to the top besides at a notch where everone cuts for a scramble to the "top". Bring Crampons and an Ice Axe if you attempt it . Don't be like the 2 people last week who slid down and got hurt. Summit is snowed in and still has gorgeous views but weather can get bad up there fast. If you don't know the trail bring GPS. Other than that have a fun extreme hike up this mountain. Only saw 2 people up there who were hauling down as well with us when the wind picked up.

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!

March 28, 2018: first late winter attempt and the trail is good with patchy snow starting around 8000 ft increasing above. About 5 miles up take a sharp right as the trails ends in a snow bank. Can do with poles carefully. However, above 9100 ft the slope and frozen snow requires spikes. I know the trail the last mile but decided to turn around as the snow was too glazed and slippery for my dog Keiko. It was also untracked so if you don’t know the trail you cannot see it, at least this week. Rated 4 stars today due to snow conditions but it was a gorgeous day and the views were spectacular. Love this trail!

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.

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