|Peak Summited||2020 San Bernardino Peak|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Hiking Companions||Hiked with a partner|
|Road Conditions||Road recommended for high clearance only|
|Bug Status||Bugs were not too bad|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Minor obstacles posing few problems|
I find that although bagging peaks alone may be satisfying, it's the good company that gives it another dimension of enjoyment. San Bernardino peak had lots of friendly people that my partner and I sparked conversations with, and even befriended some fellow college students that we ended up descending down the mountain with. That's something that I've really enjoyed about this challenge; the people that I've met along the way that have taken on the 6-pack of peaks as well.
About the trail itself- wasn't too busy, also wasn't too empty. We passed by a lot of backpackers, nearly all of them had stayed at the limberpine campsite last night. The way up wasn't too strenuous despite being a continuous 8.3 mile ascent, but it was a little overgrown in some areas. Once we reached past 9,000ft., effects of hypoxia slowed us down a little. There's a viewpoint about .7 miles below the summit that gave a view that was heart-stopping. Nothing but mountains around: San Gorgonio to the east, San Jacinto to the south, and Mt. Baldy with its neighboring peaks to the NW. This was undoubtedly one of my favorite views so far of all the peaks I've done. The summit itself doesn't have as magnificent views due to some obscuring trees, but still worthwhile nonetheless.
All in all, an excellent 17-miler. Truly amazing views and a great trail to get your heart pumping.