The San Bernardino Mountains aren’t your typical desert range. For one, they are well watered and forested. They are also extremely high, rising like a fortress and walling in the eastern edge of the Los Angeles Basin. This is the rooftop of southern California, with a number of ridges and peaks that rise above treeline including 10,806-foot Charlton Peak, 11,205-foot Jepson Peak, 10,624-foot San Bernardino Peak, 10,630-foot East San Bernardino Peak, and 11,502-foot Mount San Gorgonio—the highest peak in southern California. On a clear day from the broad summit plateau of Mount San Gorgonio, exquisite views are possible, with the Sierra Nevada and much of the Mojave Desert visible. The peak is also the southernmost glaciated landscape in California and includes the glacial landforms of Dollar Lake, Dry Lake, and Poopout Hill. This trail guide includes descriptions of San Bernardino Peak, San Gorgonio Peak, Kitching Peak, and Pacific Crest Trail.
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