Location, Location, Location!

Peak Summited2019 San Bernardino Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadAngelus Oaks
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad recommended for high clearance only
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsIntermittent snow - not hard to cross
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

This has been my favorite hike thus far of the 4 hikes I have completed (others were Mt Baldy, Mt Wilson and Cucamonga Peak).  The views were spectacular on the trail and at the peak as I could see both Mt Baldy, San Jac and Mt San Gorgonio, clearly at the same time.  Also, the trail was well maintained and not that rocky(like Cucamonga Peak), the climb was steep but at a steady grade and there was a plateau midway at Manzanita Flats. The weather was mostly cloudy making for a good day on the trail.  Bonus was getting water at Limber Pines Springs.

My husband Tom and I decided to hike on Saturday as we wanted to avoid the traffic driving the IE traveling from Long Beach, but boy was that a mistake!  When we arrived at the trailhead at 6:05 am and the upper parking was totally filled and double parked(plus you need a high clearance vehicle to get there).  We unloaded the car and Tom parked at the lower level.  The mosquitos saw Tom and had a feast but after he applied the bug repellant we were pretty much bug free the rest of the hike.  We hit the trailhead at 6:17 am and came across multiple large groups on the trail.  We enjoyed the views of Big Bear Lake, the mountains mentioned above and the IE.  We made the summit at 11:15 am and took a nice break.  SB Peak is located in the middle of the 3 peaks making for a fabulous view.  At noon, we headed back down after taking some photos and caught pictures of the 200 acres brush fire in Beaumont.  We stopped at the Limber Pines Springs and filtered some ice cold spring water and made it to the car by 3:45 pm. The day was long but very scenic!

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