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24B

San Bernardino Peak

10,649'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 9 miles northeast of Yucaipa, 89 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topo: Forest Falls 7½, Big Bear Lake 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage (Older version)

Nearby Peaks: San Bernardino East Peak, Anderson Peak, Shields Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 18 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 4900'
Time: 8 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous

Original: Warren E. von Pertz and Al Campbell, February 1973

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • 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 20 miles to Angelus Oaks.
  • Here, turn right (east) at the entrance road to the fire station (signed). Turn left immediately and go 0.1 mile to a fork signed "Trail". Turn right, then immediately half right again.
  • Continue 0.3 mile to the trailhead. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5950'), hike up 1W07, past the Washington Monument, to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

From San Bernardino East Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 1 mile one way on trail
Gain: 200'
Time: 1/2 hour one way
Rating: Class 1

Original: Warren E. von Pertz and Al Campbell, February 1973

DRIVING ROUTE 2

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the summit of San Bernardino East Peak, return to the trail just north of the summit.
  • Follow the trail west down 300' and 3/4 mile into a saddle at 10,400'+.
  • Continue as the trail climbs 200' to bypass the summit.
  • Just past a short switchback, a use trail goes back to the southeast. Take it to the summit.

NOTE

The most popular route is to climb San Bernardino East Peak via the Forsee Creek Trail and continue on to San Bernardino Peak.

HISTORICAL NOTE

Part way up the San Bernardino Peak Trail is the Washington Monument. This is a large rock cairn and a metal plaque. This is named for Colonel Herbert Washington who was in charge of the initial USGS survey in this area. This point was the initial point on that survey on November 7, 1852.

The peak was named long before Colonel Washington made his famous survey. The name "San Bernardino" dates from May 20, 1810, the feast day of Saint Bernardino of Siena, a Franciscan preacher of the 15th century, when Padres from the Mission San Gabriel set up a temporary chapel in the valley and named the location "San Bernardino". Just when the name was transferred to the peak is not known.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Wilderness permits are required for all routes. They are issued at Mill Creek Ranger Station, 9 miles from Redlands on SR 38. Day use permits are self-issue on the day of the hike or by mail. Overnight permits must be acquired in person or by mail.

Mill Creek Ranger Station
Route 1, Box 264
Mentone, CA 92359
(909) 794-1123

History of Summit Signature

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 18-December-2005
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