Galena Peak

Redlands, California 92374

Galena Peak

Galena Peak Professional Guide

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"At 9324 feet, Galena Peak is the tallest and most dramatic summit on the long Yucaipa Ridge. Its north face has been carved into soaring buttresses and forbidding ravines. After a fresh coat of snow in the spring, Galena Peak looks like it could have been transported to Southern California from the Swiss Alps. Moreover, Galena Peak provides fantastic views of San Gorgonio Mtn. The steep and crumbling rock on the north face is too dangerous to climb directly, so the peak is best reached from the Mill Creek Jumpoff via the northeast ridge. Even so, this is a strenuous and challenging cross-country hike. It follows Mill Creek’s channel for several miles, so the route is best avoided during times of high water."

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100 Hikes in Southern California: San Bernardino Mountain Trails (Wilderness Press)
John W. Robinson with David Money Harris
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"Galena Peak at 9,324 feet rises precipitously above the head of Mill Creek Canyon. It is the most rugged-appearing peak in the San Bernardinos, standing in marked contrast to the higher but rounded summits of the nearby San Gorgonio Wilderness. No trails approach its rugged upper ramparts, and you must scramble high over loose boulders and steep rock slopes to stand on its crown. Part of the Mill Creek headwall has slid away recently, making the trip more tedious than it was a few years ago. You must make a trailless, loose uphill scramble from the head of Mill Creek to the saddle that divides the headwaters of Mill Creek from those of the Whitewater River—known by the curious name of Mill Creek Jumpo?. You need cross-country experience and will appreciate boots with good tread." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours
San Gorgonio Wilderness
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Dec 2018