South Fork Meadows Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"South Fork Meadow is tucked away on the north side of San Gorgonio Wilderness in a forested valley beneath the tall peaks. It is one of the few places where hikers can venture into the Wilderness without grueling climbs up the steep slopes. In the summer, the trail is dotted with wildflowers and a quiet brook bubbles through the ferns in the meadow. There are so many springs bursting forth that the meadow was once known as Valley of the Thousand Springs. In the winter, backcountry skiers test their mettle on the trail and sometimes on the open slopes above. (A hardy group of Pomona College students made the first ski ascent of San Gorgonio on February 3, 1931.) The meadow was once a popular campsite, but has suffered from overuse and is now closed; Dry Lake, 1.8 miles farther up the trail, is a reasonable alternative."