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:
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.