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A mountain a month: #4 Mountain Hike in the prep series train hikes for San Gorgonio Peak Labor Day!
This is a strenuous hike and fit regular intermediate plus-advanced hikers with recent training on the prep hikes. It's intended due to the pace, distance, altitude and elevation gain. Know your limits! We also need a Group Wilderness Permit to hike this place, don't hold a space and cancel last minute. Thanks
NOTES : I'm not playing favorites, but I need to know that you are up to the challenge of this strenuous hike so that everyone has a good experience. If I don't know you or haven't hiked with you before, I may ask you not to pick this as a first hike to try. I'll slow down as the last one, if you are slower than me, this is not your hike! Please note you will have to turn back alone the same way you go up if you can't keep the group pace!
- OC Park n Ride: 4:45AM
- Mill Creek Ranger Station: 6:00 AM
- Trailhead: 6:15 AM meet (drop off cars for shuttle)
- 6:30 AM start hiking
Carpooling is recommended, and a National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking
Route: hiking up either Momyer trailhead and going down Forsee Creek visiting San Bernardino/San Bernardino East Peaks-Anderson Flat. Check here for topo maps on the trails:
1. Momyer Creek trail: http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.ASP?DispType=1&ActiveHike=0&GetHikesStateID=&ID=5399
2. Foresee Creek trail: http://www.localhikes.com/HikeData.ASP?DispType=1&ActiveHike=0&GetHikesStateID=&ID=5515
DISTANCE: 19+/-miles, as we'll have few other Organizers, we will take a bigger group for different paces.
Elevation Gain/Loss: 5000+ft/4400ft (loop)
Duration: 6-8 hours hiking time!
GOOD TO KNOW Wear good traction hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, bring plenty of water, snacks, a light lunch and Ten Essentials http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boards/thread/9535234
ABOUT THE HIKING TRAIL:
1. San Bernardino Peak, together with its twin peak, San Gorgonio Mountain, just five miles away and 900 feet higher, anchors the western-most end of the San Bernardino Mountains. At 10,649 feet (3246 meters), San Bernardino Peak is quite a landmark.
This trail takes you from deep pine forest to exposed manzanita slopes and visits the old Washington Monument survey point at 10,290 feet. In 1852, Colonel Henry Washington and his Army survey party were directed to erect a monument atop San Bernardino Peak. The monument was to be an east-west reference point from which all future surveys of Southern California would be taken.
The higher slopes of San Bernardino Peak are beautiful and rugged subalpine terrain.
2. Anderson Flat: is at 10500 ft. This is a wonderful hike to the high country of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The views from the crest are superb, and very worthwhile. While there is water en route, it will need to be filtered, and by late summer is not dependable. Also, there are several great spots to camp along the way.
This trail is steep, but not as steep as the entrance from the south side of the wilderness. The drop-offs become a lot more apparent on the way down. You gain lots of elevation and the views get better and better as you reach higher elevations.
The summit is rather large and there are no real 360's from on top. However, you can easily wander around to get the directional view you desire. This is an amazing peak.
More info of Momyer Creek and Forsee Creek trails: http://www.sgwa.org/trails2.htm
ABOUT THE ROUTES: We're hiking up the Momyer Creek Trail. Crossing the stream right after the parking, after 3 miles getting to junction of Alger Creek Camp. The campground is at 7,100' and at 3.7 miles (optional, but we won't take this route unless you like to check out and go to Dobbs Camp. The single site is located about .25 miles below the trail) Taking the route goes up to San Bernardino Peak (10,624') is another 4 miles to the junction and 2 miles West to reach to the Peak and passing SB East Peak as well. This trail is one of the most underused trails. This area offers the visitor solitude and good views of Mill Creek Canyon and Yucaipa Ridge from the upper end of the trail.
After reaching the 2 peaks, going back to the junction (2 miles) and contiue East 1.1 miles to get to Anderson Flat (10,500'), then Coming down the Forsee Creek Trail: descent 0.4 mile to Trail Fork junction. Another 2.5 miles to Jackstraw Springs and 4.5 miles to Forsee Creek trailhead. This trail is mostly shaded from Jackstraw Springs.
Here are water locations: Jackstraw Camp (9,200') is located .2 miles to the right (west) of the trail and is supplied by a small and intermittent water source. One and nine-tenths miles beyond Jackstraw is Trail Fork Springs Camp (10,400'). Water is located about 100 yards southwest of the camp at the Spring.
Here is the map of San Gorgonio Wilderness: http://www.sgwa.org/map2.htm
CARPOOL LOCATION: we will leave the Park and Ride at 4:45AM More info for Orange Park and Ride: http://www.meetup.com/HikingOC/messages/boa... ***Park & Ride in Orange on N Tustin St and E Lincoln Ave Orange, CA 92865*** Traveling NORTH on the 55, exit Lincoln Ave. West. Make 2 lefts, go under the freeway and take a left onto Tustin Ave. heading South. If you're traveling SOUTH on the 55, exit Lincoln and make a left on Tustin. The Park & Ride will be on your left hand side. You'll need to make a U-Turn to get to this side of the street
Driving Direction: From the 10 east, exit University Avenue in Redlands, turn right off the exit, and then turn left onto Citrus. Make another left onto Judson/Ford. Follow it to Lugonia Avenue (38), make a right. Follow the 38(it turns to Mentone Blvd and then into Mill Creek Road) to Mill Creek Ranger Station (about 6AM)
1. Momyer Trailhead: Continue east past Mountain Home Village, and follow the 38, the trailhead is reached by turning east off Highway 38 to Forest Falls. Continue up the road 3 miles to the large parking area (5,400') on your left 100 yards before the fire station.
2. To get to Forsee Creek trailhead drop off the cars: back to Hwy 38 going up the mountain then turn right (southeast) on Jenks Lake Road West off of Highway 38. One-quarter mile from Highway 38 is a signed dirt road on your right. This is a rough, rocky road not intended for low-slung autos, but is usually passable.