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Dry Lake hike via South Fork trail

  • May 18, 2013 · 7:30 AM
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For anyone who loves the beauty of nature and would love to burn some calories, this is the hike for you.

Paradoxically named Dry Lake exists entirely of melted snow from the tall peaks above.

Starting out on the hike from the South Folk parking lot, we cross the road and head up into the wilderness on the South Fork trail. The ascent is steady for the first mile or so, and beneath the tall pines and firs, great views of Sugarloaf Mountain (tallest peak in the San Bernardinos outside of the San Gorgonio Wilderness) can be seen.   You then arrive at Horse Meadows, a large, flat area where there are a few camping buildings.  A road branches off to the right; stay left, continue the ascent, cross a dirt road and reach the San Gorgonio Wilderness boundary, two plus miles from the start.

From here, the grade levels out, reaching a junction with the Lost Creek trail.  Stay straight and begin a steep ascent to another junction in 0.3 miles, where a trail branches off to the right for Dollar Lake.  Your route stays left, where you will do three quick stream crossings and begin a long series of switchbacks.   Views of San Gorgonio, Charlton and Jepson Peaks are particularly dramatic during this stretch.  Finally the route flattens out and arrives at Dry Lake (elevation 9,100).

12.4 miles with an elevation gain 2221 ft. So it would be a moderate to somewhat challenging hike depending what kind of shape you're in. We start at the South Folk parking lot at 6880' elevation and go up to 9101' elevation. It would be about 6 1/2 hour hike. Please bring plenty of food and water.

Warning: Please be in hiking shape for this activity.  If you cannot handle the distance of 12.4 miles, elevation gains, and altitude, please do not RSVP for this activity.  This is considered a semi-strenuous hike.

We meet at the Ranger station and carpool to the trail head. Adventure pass is required for parking at the trail (1 permit per car). You can also purchase a permit from Ranger Station, Big5 Sports or Sport Authority. See you at the ranger station.

After the hike, we can have lunch at the Oaks Restaurant in Angelus Oaks:  37676 State Hwy 38, Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

What to bring: at least 2 liters of water, lunch, snacks, layers of clothing, sunscreen, camera, hiking poles if you use them.

You can also refer to the following link regarding the 10 essentials to have when hiking:

http://www.backpacker.com/november-2010-ten-essentials/slideshows/138

Also, what you bring from this list of essentials will depend on the individual's preferences, knowledge, experience, climate and locations may/will require substitutions.

Disclaimer: The Organizer and Assistant Organizers in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer and Assistant Organizers of the Palm Springs&Inland Empire Hiking Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect weather with a great group of people! Had a blast hanging out with everyone and look forward to the next adventure!

    May 20, 2013

  • Julie

    Had a great time. The weather was perfect! Nice meeting so many new people. Everyone did a great job!!! Thanks Rober for another great time!

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful trail through the San G forest! I look forward to extending it to the peak soon!

    May 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time, thanks everyone!

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Robert for another great hike... And thanks to all for another great time

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike with a great group!
    Thanks to all and special thanks to Robert for organizing this one.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was beautiful, the lake was, well, dry. lol. The hike was strenuous. I'm a beginner and I barely made it. It made a great workout, tho. It was a really nice place to explore and camp, oh and to take a nap ;-) I really liked the scenery and the smell of the woods/trees there.

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this. This will be the first outing with this meet up group.

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to cancel Saturday ....

    May 16, 2013

  • Robert "Eric" W.

    Boy o boy I love this hike ever so pretty but I've got to run my spouse to LAX for last minute trip. Guess I'm on my own will hike it June.

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'd also like a ride with someone. I'm in Redlands, and could meet you anywhere nearby. Willing to share fuel cost also, of course! I'll bring my America the Beautiful (Interagency) pass. I think it's valid for that forest.

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, this is a permit hike. So we will need to restrict the number of people coming out on the Dry Lake hike. No more than 24 people. Also, we will not be allowed to bring our dogs on this hike.

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of the sign ups, Roni, will need a ride to the Dry Lake Hike. If you are willing to carpool, I believe he's coming from Riverside/Moreno Valley, please let him know. He's willing to share the fuel expense and is a nice guy.

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    think I will give someone else a chance on the waiting list but thanks anyways

    May 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are a number of people on the waitlist who would like to attend this hike. Those confirmed to attend this hike, please be sure you can attend in consideration for those on the waitlist, no Maybe-s. Also, this is a strenuous hike. If you haven't been hiking at least eight miles/week, please reconsider attending for the safety of yourself and those in the group. The last thing we want to happen is have the group worrying if someone can make it through the hike safely. So keep this I mind....Thank you, Robert.

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    we could get everyone to go on this hike if someone is willing to pick up a second hiking permit at the Mill Creek Ranger Station. I'm heading out there to pick up one permit tomorrow. This permit allows up to 12 people. The second permit will include those on the waiting list and others who RSVP later. Let me know if one of you are willing to pick up the second permit here in the comment section....Thanks!

    March 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Actually I just faxed it over & got it right back :)

      March 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome way to do it!

      March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robert, could you please add me to the waiting list also?
    thanks!

    March 17, 2013

  • Robert "Eric" W.

    Hey Robert put me on waiting list

    Thanks other Robert LOL

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will there be a waiting list?

    March 17, 2013

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