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The Old Favorite

Peak Summited2019 San Bernardino Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadAngelus Oaks
EncounteredWildflowers blooming, Ripe berries
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad rough but passable
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsMinor obstacles posing few problems

We drove early to get to the trailhead by 5 am. Put your GPS to the fire station in Angelus Oaks and from there, look for the tiny signs that lead you to the trailhead parking lot. You have to drive on a rocky road so make sure you drive slow and safe. I have a 4 wheel Prius so I was able to get us there and back safely.

This trail is continuous switchbacks up through forests, manzanita meadows, to a rocky peak that on a clear day, you can see all of the Inland Empire in front of you, to the left, San Gorgonio, and to the right, Mt. Baldy. It’s long and with the elevation gaining as you go up, you feel like it’s taking forever to get to the top and to get to the end of the trail. But, compared to the other peaks, it’s a slow elevation gain and great training for larger mountains. There is one spot for water right past Limber Pines. It’s a small running creek and it was flowing with ice cold water.

It continues to be my favorite peak because it’s beautiful, gives you training for high elevation mountains, and the continuous switchbacks are the only obstacle you face on this peak. We made it out before dark and I enjoyed a root beer float from A&W in Mentone on the car ride home.

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