San Gorgonio Wilderness Trails

Morongo Valley, California

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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.
California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts

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California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts

by George Wuerthner (Westcliffe Publishers)

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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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Morongo Valley
Length: 33.7
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 2,300 feet
Top Elevation: 11,502 feet
Local Contacts: BLM Palm Springs Resource Area Office; San Bernardino National Forest
Local Maps: BLM Desert Access Guide: Yucca Valley #14, Palm Springs #17; AAA: San Bernardino County; San Bernardino National Forest
Topo Map: San Gorgonio Wilderness Trails Topographic Map
Guide Book: California's Wilderness Areas, The Complete Guide, Vol. 2: The Deserts Guide Book
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5/17/2008

Took Angelus Oaks trail to Limber Pine Bench, left at 7:20 am when it was nice & cool. Took 3 hrs, a good warm-up for the first 2 miles then a nice easy 4 miles to LPB, only one other group met on the way up. The next mile from LPB towards the summit got us into lots of snowy patches, the ladies I was with didn't feel safe w/out crampons so we retreated. Beautiful, tho, real clear skies, nice breeze, no litter, I will definitely be back by mid-june. Returning saw lots of people going up--a group of 10 from Irvine, 20 scouts, at least 15 others. A good vibe, all having fun tho some were very tired. All told, 14 miles, great trail, awesome views, solid workout.

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