"Few hikers venture up the unrelenting switchbacks on the enormous southern wall of the San Bernardino Divide. But those who do are rewarded with solitude, a unique perspective on the mountain, and a first-rate workout. This trip climbs the Momyer Trail, which is the shortest and steepest route to the crest. It follows the flat ridge top east to Dollar Lake Saddle, and then descends the Falls Creek Trail to form a great loop. This route is handy when the more popular trailheads book up in the summer or as a speedy way to the ridgeline for avid peak baggers. It also tours a diverse forest featuring many species of pines (Jeffrey, limber, lodgepole, sugar, and even Coulter) and oaks (black, live, and scrub), white firs, incense cedars, and, of course, endless chaparral. The upper Momyer Trail is seldom maintained and long pants are helpful, but the worst of the brush is still cut back from the trail."