Mountain Home Flats

Redlands, California

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Nestled among the firs, pines, and cedars in a sheer canyon beneath San Bernardino Peak is a trail camp perched on a small flat. Though it is less than 2 miles from the highway, few visitors make the steep climb and you are likely to have the spot to yourself. This is an enjoyable destination for a picnic or short backpacking trip.
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire

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Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire

by David & Jennifer Money Harris (Wilderness Press)

Nestled among the firs, pines, and cedars in a sheer canyon beneath San Bernardino Peak is a trail camp perched on a small flat. Though it is less than 2 miles from the highway, few visitors make the steep climb and you are likely to have the spot to yourself. This is an enjoyable destination for a picnic or short backpacking trip.

© 2012 David & Jennifer Money Harris/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Redlands
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: April-November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: San Gorgonio Wilderness
Topo Map: Mountain Home Flats Topographic Map
Guide Book: Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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9/6/2017

I tried this today, 9-6-17. The trail is very obscure, often times difficult to follow, and a few times I had to back track, or take a good look around to see the trail. Many fallen trees to scramble over. Bugs (small fruit flies) were horrific, even with Repel, but the cooler season might be better. I had a GPS tracker and at about .85 miles the trail is virtually impassible. It is along the South facing slope over Mt Home Creek. However, the loose soil and rocks are beyond what I would consider ever even tackling again, or recommending, or safe for that matter. I turned back when I felt I would die if I lost footing. I had to turn back after about 100 yards along this washed out, steep slope. Once I slipped and slid a good 10 feet down, barely being able to stop myself and regain any type of minimal footing. It appears there was some attempt to shore up that part, since there is abandoned fencing, and fencing poles at the top of the ridge just before heading down, and along the path of hell. Whoever took the time to trek that stuff up to that point must have taken a good look at the conditions and knew it was a futile effort, and dangerous. I am an avid hiker and backpacker, but this trail is not to be attempted, in my opinion at this time, until a new route around the slope is created.

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