Sugarloaf Mountain

Big Bear Lake, California

Sugarloaf Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"This challenging trip leads to the only subalpine summit in the San Bernardino Mountains outside the San Gorgonio Wilderness; from this mountain, inspiring vistas unfold. Hikers who are looking for solitude in subalpine surroundings but are tired of encountering the typical hordes of hikers in the San Gorgonio Wilderness will find that Sugarloaf Mountain is just what they have been searching for. The lodgepole and limber pine–crowned summit provides a comprehensive view of the entire eastern end of the San Bernardino Mountains, a view unrivaled from any other point in the range. This hike follows the shortest route to the summit and requires a little route finding at the start. The hike begins at a seldom-used trailhead (the highest in the range) and avoids the conventional, longer routes starting at lower elevations."

Sugarloaf Mountain Reviews

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There are actually two ways to do this hike. But either way the trail is not as easy as it may sound. Make sure you have good boots as the trail resembles more of a dried up creek bed with all sorts of stones and rocks. the surface is not stable. This trip we actually started at a place called green spot which increases the elevation climb as well as the length of the trail to a five mile trip. while it is known that there is no water supplied on the hill, it should also be noted that this is a DRY MOUNTAIN. The tributaries on the map by August are quite dry. We stayed over night but not at the peak. The sites to actually pitch a tent are kind of spread out a bit and there are PLENTY of rocks to lay on. The trip has very few switch backs and coming back down can be as challenging as going up. The Summit was beautiful and majestic. I would probably say that this trail is on the higher end of moderate. You can see more about this at the Southern California TrailBlazers' web site,

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Trail Information

Big Bear Lake
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
Best early June through early November
8,715 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,952 feet
Top Elevation
San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Moonridge
Local Maps

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Jun 2018