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25G

Galena Peak

9324'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 10 miles north of Banning, 80 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

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

Nearby Peaks: Little San Gorgonio Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 8 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 3300'
Time: 7-8 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, strenuous
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Recommended limit on participants: 4 people per experienced leader (due to control issues on the headwall)

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, 1968

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 for 8 miles to Mill Creek Ranger Station, a standard rendezvous spot.
  • Continue past the Ranger Station another 5 miles to a junction with the Valley of the Falls Road on the right. Turn right.
  • Drive up this paved road for 5 miles to the parking lot at the end of the road.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking lot (6080'), hike east up the road past a locked gate to its end.
  • Keeping on the right side of the canyon continue east a short distance on a use trail to a point where it drops into the wash.
  • Continue up the canyon, passing a class 3 waterfall on its right side.
  • Continue to the top of the Mill Creek Jumpoff headwall at 8456'. Note: Conditions in the canyon change after heavy rainfall.
  • The best route up the headwall is to ascend the gray-colored dirt up the center then, near the top, contour to the right on steep slopes to join the saddle. Avoid starting up the left side (in the tan dirt), as the ascent is not viable, becoming very steep and loose, and it is very difficult to traverse to the right from there. WARNING: the wall is concave in shape, so gets steeper with elevation. This is not apparent from below, so the tan dirt can seem to be superior. Do not fall into this trap!
  • Beware of loose rock! The boulders in the canyon are unstable.
  • Continue south up the ridge, following a faint use trail, which finally bears around to the right to a saddle. Turn left and go up to the summit. A peak to the west is higher but is not the official summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Near the beginning of the hiking route, you may see a sign stating that Wilderness permits are required. This is intended for hikers of the Vivian Creek Trail. This trail crosses the wash and enters the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The route to Galena Peak does not enter this Wilderness. A permit is not required.


ALTERNATE ROUTES

The summit has been reached by hiking over the ridge from Little San Gorgonio and from Snow Peak, which is to the southeast. Continuing north from the top of the headwall (Mill Creek Jumpoff) leads, through dense brush, to the Vivian Creek Trail.


History of Summit Signature

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 15-December-2005
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