Johns Meadow Trail

San Gorgonio Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain1,629ft
Trailhead Elevation7,027ft
Elevation Min/Max7027/7357ft
Elevation Start/End7027/7027ft

Johns Meadow Trail

Johns Meadow Trail is a hiking trail in San Bernardino County, California. It is within San Gorgonio Wilderness. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 7,027 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,629 feet. This trail connects with the following: Forsee Creek Trail.

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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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"Johns Meadow is a good family destination for a picnic lunch or easy backpack. It o?ers a taste of the San Gorgonio Wilderness without the steep climbs required to reach the high mountains. The hike visits lush forest with several small creeks. Quiet hikers will come across squirrels, lizards, and birds. In midsummer, it features wonderful wild?owers and berries, especially where it crosses the creeks. The berries include blue currants (resembling small blueberries with crunchy seeds and a tart taste), small red currants, spiky red gooseberries (tasty after boiling to remove the thorns), and thimbleberries (red and delicious when ripe, related to raspberries and blackberries). Keep your eyes out for lupine, Indian paintbrush, ferns, and penstemon."
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"Unlike most of the long and steep trails climbing into San Gorgonio Wilderness, the Johns Meadow trail offers a moderate hike, which samples the pleasures of the woods and creeks. Though there is scarcely any meadow any longer, the trail ends at a pleasant camp shaded beneath the white fir on a bench above Forsee Creek. The trail was built by hardy San Bernardino Boy Scouts starting in 1969. The meadow was named in honor of John Surr of San Bernardino, a charter member of Defenders of the San Gorgonio Wilderness, who died in 1971 while hiking on San Bernardino Peak. This is a popular destination for a picnic or easy backpacking trip and often attracts Boy Scout groups. Quiet hikers will likely hear birds calling to one another and scolding interlopers; squirrels and lizards are also common and the forest’s larger denizens are sometimes sighted. In the summer, the wild berries and flowers along the creeks add to the trip’s delights."

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Trail Information

San Gorgonio Wilderness
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San Gorgonio Wilderness
San Gorgonio Wilderness
Local Contacts
Big Bear Lake (7.5-minute), San Gorgonio Wilderness (Tom Harrison)
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