Manzanita fields and pine forests

Peak Summited2020 San Bernardino Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadForsee Creek
EncounteredWildflowers blooming, Ripe berries
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad rough but passable
Bug StatusBugs were an annoyance
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
Additional Informationhttps://www.relive.cc/view/vDqgDr4ZJVv

Due to the forecast for hot weather, we started the hike at 5 am. Weather temp was cool and good for hiking. We used our headlamps to navigate up the trail. We had a full moon to look at as we hiked up. The trail is mostly covered by pines, so the moon was partially blocked from our view most of the hike in the dark. It was really beautiful to watch the sun rise of the mountains. Sky was orange, pink, and yellow. We had a cool breeze most of the way up and the trail is mostly shaded. When we got to the signs, Dry Lake and Angeles Camp-we has to take out the map to figure out which way to go. Take Angeles Camp. This will lead you to another 2 signs that Are a little confusing. Take the trail that turns right, not the one back to Dry Lake.  From there you will eventually reach the East peak. There is a little trail that takes you up. Awesome views and great view of San Gorgonio peak. You’ll have to return to the main trail and hike further to get to the west peak, where the San Bernardino Peak sign is. You can see a big Bear Lake from the trail and the observatory can easily be pointed out.  We ate lunch and From our vantage point we saw smoke. It wasn’t very big, but by the time we started moving down the trail to return-it had gotten bigger and we could see a plane flying over. We circled to John’s meadow-which has lots of ferns, flowers, and a really nice creek for water. We hike along the San Bernardino Ridge. It’s really steep and a knee breaker. Hiking along the ridge was really hot and it was very smoky. As we were hiking, my brother got a message saying evacuations were happening. We got to the car and the main road were we saw the fire engines, Forest Service personal, and the residents of Forest Falls evacuating. We could also see how much the fire had spread. It was very sad to see. Overall, I’d say (minus the fire) this peak is by far my favorite. It is really long, but the scenery is really beautiful and reminds me of one of my favorite places- Sierra Nevada.

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