Dollar Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Not only does this region contain beautiful alpine lakes nestled beneath towering peaks where wildflowers grow abundantly and wildlife frolics in the canyon recesses, but water is ever-present even in dryer years, and the snow hangs around later here due to the north-facing slopes and higher elevation. The combination of all of these elements makes the area gorgeous and spectacular. It contains, without a doubt, some of the most stunning forest scenery in all of Southern California."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"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. High under the north face of the Grayback–San Bernardino Peak ridge, tucked snugly against rockbound slopes, is the tiny jewel called Dollar Lake. The little circular lake was so named because, when viewed from above on a sunny day, it shines like a silver dollar. Surrounding the lake is a healthy forest of lodgepole pine and white ?r. This trip follows the well-traveled pathway from Jenks Lake Road to Dollar Lake, where you may picnic but not camp. Overnight camping is allowed at Dollar Lake Forks, just northwest of the lake."
--John W. Robinson with David Money Harris, 100 Hikes in Southern California: San Bernardino Mountain Trails (Wilderness Press).
"Sparkling and silvery like a freshly minted silver dollar, Dollar Lake lies cupped amid a talus-frosted natural bowl, not far below the great divide of San Bernardino Mountain. Snow lingers late on the steep slopes overlooking the lake, sometimes into August."
--Jerry Schad and David Money Harris, 101 Hikes in Southern California: Exploring Mountains, Seashore and Desert (Wilderness Press).
Beautiful Hike, my girlfriend and I just got back today.! You climb a lot of elevation, about 4000 feet. Not really a beginner hike especially if you're carrying a heavy pack it was quite a workout but it was worth it. We made it a 2 and a half day trip. Hiked to Jackstraw springs spent the night then to Anderson Flats the next day spent the night and came down in the morning. The views from Anderson Peak are gorgeous if your gonna camp overnight Jackstraw Springs and Anderson Flats are good spots; flat and secluded. There's water at Jackstraw and a small trickle of water at Trail Fork Springs but it will due. Overall a great trip; beautiful, strenuous, secluded, totally worth it.
What the guides don't tell you is that this trail and Dry Lake Trail start from South Fork Trail. I only hiked the South Fork Trail due to a time limitation, but that trail was nice. A constant, gradual uphill to the junction of Dollar & Dry Lake Trails. About 2 miles. Good test of altitude fitness -- excellent for first timers in the altitude. No water available, so pack a lot!
Strenous 3 hour hike up to Jackstraw Springs campground. Didn't quite make it to the top but beautiful scenery along the way. There is a water source at the campground.
I have been on various hikes all over the United States and I have to say that this was very difficult. I took my map with me and found that things are not always as they seem. The distances are approximate, but this was way off the mark. The area is beautiful if you can endure the very steep slopes. I would recomend this hike to only those that are advanced.
Beautiful trip up to Anderson Peak (10,840') Saturday and Sunday.
Trail is well maintained and easy to find.
Camped at Trail Fork Springs with an incredible view over Big Bear Lake.
Very colorfull sunset and full moon rise with great visibility.
Be prepeared for elevation gain, as most of the campsites are above 10,000 feet.
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