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Heart Bar Peak


Location: San Bernardino County, about 12 miles southeast of Big Bear Lake, 98 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topo: Moonridge 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 5 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 1100'
Time: 2-3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Bob Cates, April 1977


  • Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR 38).
  • Go one block east, then go north (left) 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue. Turn right on SR 38 (east).
  • Continue east on SR 38 about 33 miles to 1N02, the road to Heart Bar Campground, on the right. Keep straight.
  • Go another 1.6 miles farther east on SR 38 to an obscure, paved road signed 1N38 that intersects the main highway at a right angle (mileage marker 35.12 marks the exact spot). Turn right. Park on this road just off the main highway or drive downhill (pavement ends within 50') to a clearing and park about 100 yards from the highway turnoff.

This point may be reached from Big Bear City by driving about 13.5 miles east and then south on SR 38.

High clearance 4WD may continue another gnarly 2.0 miles, reducing this to a 1 mile round trip hike with very little elevation gain.


  • From the parking area (7240'), go up the seldom driven jeep track that starts at the parking area and runs southeast along the base of the slope.
  • Follow the dirt road past a gully, then up switchbacks to the saddle northeast of elevation 8176'.
  • Turn right (west) at a junction with an old overgrown road at the saddle, follow the road around elevation 8176' into a second shallow saddle, and then around a minor summit to a third saddle. The road forks here.
  • Take the left fork, which quickly swings around to the right, and then leave the road at its apparent highest point to climb south for a short, steep distance to the summit, which is a rocky outcrop with a dead tree on it.


Going north directly down the steep slopes to the car can shorten the return trip. The peak can be climbed by this route.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 25-August-2011
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