Lovely Views San Bernardino Peak

Peak Summited2020 San Bernardino Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadSan Bernardino Peak Trail Angelus Oaks
Road ConditionsRoad recommended for high clearance only
Bug StatusBugs were an annoyance
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

After two weeks of more hernia surgery recovery and extensive physical exercises to regain my strength, I was able to go back to hiking.  I hiked up to San Bernardino Peak now that the San Gorgonio Wilderness is now open with the requirements of obtaining an approved day hike permit. The dirt road heading to the dirt parking lot of the trailhead is full of big rocks sticking out of the ground. My Honda Fit couldn't make it to the trailhead so I parked at the side of the dirt road with no scratches or damages to my car.  I highly recommend driving to the trailhead on a vehicle with high clearance, but it can be challenging for those vehicles to drive up.  Do not drive up to the trailhead on a low clearance vehicle, you will scratch and damage your car.  Once I parked my car, I walk up to the trailhead.  The first three miles of the trail was a little steep but not hard.  Once I reach the Manzanita Flats, the trail is very level with overgrown brushes.  Whats great about hiking the San Bernardino Peak, you see a lot of spectacular views of the nearby mountains as you are hiking up and down.  When I stop for a break, marveling at the beautiful scenery helps me to appreciate the beauty of California and motivates me to continue to hike up the peak.  The summit is small, so I imagine it will be pack with other hikers on a weekend.  You get 360 degrees of views, but it is obscure with tall trees.  Below the summit and Washington's Monument is a flat stone bench.  I loved sitting on this bench, relaxing and being marvel with the spectacular views of the mountains and the Inland Empire.  I was in better shape physically doing this hike that once I arrived to my car, I had no issues or pains on my knees.  I will only do this hike again if the forest department can pave the road leading to the trailhead or riding with someone with a high clearance vehicle.

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