San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail

San Bernardino National Forest, California

Elevation Gain6,881ft
Trailhead Elevation5,929ft
Elevation Min/Max5929/10664ft
Elevation Start/End5929/5929ft

San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail

San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail is a hiking and horse trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within San Bernardino National Forest and San Gorgonio Wilderness. It is 15.6 miles long and begins at 5,929 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,881 feet. Near the trailhead there are a reservoir covered and a parking. The Red Rock Flat, Limber Pine Bench, and Shields Flat camp sites, San Bernardino East Peak (elevation 10,617 feet) and San Bernadino Peak (elevation 10,577 feet), the PLSS IP - San Bernardino survey point, and the Limber Pine Spring can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Upper Road, Momyer Creek Trail, South Fork Trail, Falls Creek Trail and Forsee Creek Trail.

San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trail trip visits a historic spot en route from Angelus Oaks to the summit of San Bernardino Peak. You pass through beautiful subalpine country in this western end of the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

If the day is clear, views are breath-taking, extending over the foothills and across the vast San Bernardino Valley
to the distant San Gabriel Mountains. Two delightful trail camps—Columbine Springs and Limber Pine Springs—o?er opportunities for overnight stays. Both have water nearby. It’s a long uphill climb, but one you shouldn’t miss. Best do it on a cool early-summer or late-fall weekend; long stretches of the trail traverse open manzanita slopes and make for unpleasant walking on a hot day."

"From the fault-line gorge of Mill Creek Canyon, San Bernardino Peak Divide rises precipitously more than a mile above. This is one of the highest and steepest mountain walls in the San Bernardinos. Climbing directly up this towering slope in seemingly endless switchbacks is the Momyer Creek Trail, gaining 5000 feet in 7 miles.

The trip presents a living demonstration of how the forest changes with altitude: ?rst through brush and oak, then through belts of Je?rey and ponderosa pine and white ?r, then across manzanita slopes, and ?nally into the realm of lodgepole pine. There is no dependable water en route, unless you make the 2-mile round-trip to Alger Creek. This is a very steep trip for the well-conditioned hiker. Do it on a cool day, and get an early start, for much of the trail is open to the sun. The upper portion is not maintained, but is generally possible to follow. Wear long pants to fend o? the brush. You will probably have the trail to yourself; few hikers use this tough route to the high country."

"This area was impacted by the 2015 Lake Fire. As of 2016, the trail remains closed. Check with the Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909-382-2882 to determine if the trail has reopened. There are numerous opportunities for loop trips in the San Gorgonio Wilderness, laced as the region is with trails.

This trip climbs the steep, heavily wooded north slope of San Bernardino Peak Divide via the Forsee Creek Trail, follows the divide trail east to Dollar Lake Saddle, and descends via South Fork Meadows to Jenks Lake Road. En route are several inviting trail camps for overnight stay, and three springs
with icy-cold water. You pass through some lush forest country and are rewarded with far-ranging views from high on the 10,000-foot divide. This is one of the best circle trips in the wilderness. A 3-mile shuttle (or road walk) is necessary."

"San Bernardino Peak is the westernmost high point along the San Bernardino Peak Divide in the San Gorgonio Wilderness, the farthest west of the nine named summits above 10,000 feet in the wilderness area.

The trail to the summit is a no-nonsense elevation gainer, climbing a steady 800 feet per mile through shady pine forest until reaching a plateau 3 miles into the hike at about 8200 feet at Manzanita Springs. The respite from climbing lasts for about a mile, passing through scrub mountain chaparral and manzanita. Viewpoints abound from this location and the high country scenery is splendid."

"The peaked roofline of Southern California’s highest watershed divide—San Bernardino Peak to San Gorgonio Mountain—features eight named summits, which are all over 10,000 feet in elevation. Four of the eight peaks lie no more than a few minutes scramble from the two-day backpack route described here. If you wish, schedule in an extra day for dayhiking to and from the other four peaks. Either way, you’ll experience a good piece of the largest subalpine wilderness area south of the Sierra Nevada."

"San Bernardino Peak anchors the west end of the great San Bernardino Ridge. The rolling ridge continues east to San Gorgonio Mtn. and beyond, generally maintaining an altitude in excess of 10,000 feet until abruptly plummeting into Hell for Sure Canyon. From the western parts of the Inland Empire, San Bernardino Peak is the most prominent portion of the ridge. On a clear winter day, its white summit towers proudly above the valley cities. San Bernardino Peak is also noteworthy because Southern California was first surveyed from a vista near the summit. This strenuous hike from the hamlet of Angelus Oaks to the summit of San Bernardino Peak offers ever-expanding views and a tour of many of the vegetation zones of San Gorgonio Wilderness."

San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail Reviews

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To trail head parking - Manzanilla turn-off - T intersects at the firehouse - turn left for 1-2 blocks or go past the 3rd house, turn on dirt road past the 3rd house, then next right 20yards up, then 1/4 mile to parking area. There are signs, but they are tiny indeed. The road is very decent - any car can make it.
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Spent a number of years doing this hike and either way you go, it never gets old. Fantastic views, yet a good amount of exercise. I would recommend this hike to anyone that wants a view like no other.
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A large section of this trail is closed for the summer (2006), due to habitat protection for an endangered species. Check in with the Angeles National Forest before tryig this trail.
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Great hike! We did a portion of this trail (Cloudburst to Burkhart trailhead) as a relaxing two day, one night weekend trip. We camped at a fantastic campsite approx 0.3 miles south of the PCT along the Burkhart trail (campsite is on the right just past a large log that spans across the stream). Overall, this hike was great... lots of water, fantastic scenery, and a well maintained trail. Cooper Falls is beautiful! Note: The PCT was closed between the Burkhart trailhead and Eagle's Roost.

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Trail Information

San Bernardino National Forest
Nearby City
San Gorgonio Wilderness
Forest Falls, Big Bear Lake (both 7.5-minute), San Gorgonio Wilderness (Tom Harrison)
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Oct 2018