San Bernardino Peak

This activity is a training hike leading up to Nine-Peak Challenge and Cactus to Clouds. You do not have to participate in either activity to sign up for this hike.

Warning: Please be in hiking shape for this activity. If you cannot handle major elevation gains in a short distance and altitude, please do not RSVP for this activity. This is considered a strenuous hike.

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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. A number of trail camps along the way offer spring water and rest. The Angelus Oaks "San Bernardino Peak" trailhead is less visited than others at the edge of the San Gorgonio Wilderness, but still it receives a lot of use especially during summer weekends.

Distance: 16 miles

Elevation gain: ~4700 feet

What to bring: at least 3 liters of water, lunch, snacks, layers of clothing, sunscreen, camera, hiking poles if you use them.

Meeting point: Meet at the Millcreek Ranger Station at 11a. and follow drivers up to the trail head.  If you know where the trail head is located, meet there.   

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.


Warning: Please be in hiking shape for this activity. If you cannot handle major elevation gains in a short distance and altitude, please do not RSVP for this activity. This is considered a strenuous hike.


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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  • Noel W.

    I had a great time on my first time up.

    August 24

  • Tom K.

    An almost perfect hike. Perfect weather, all types of flora and terrain, beautiful views, physically challenging , and many friends. "Almost" due to less than perfect balance and a skidding collision with a small piece of San B (rock). Thanks Robert (planning and herding) and Julie (pace) for so much fun.

    August 24

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah Tom, pretty bad looking scrapes! Glad you were more than capable of finishing the hike.

      August 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gorgeous day for a hike! I was blown away by the view of the vast valley below standing atop of the stone bench half mile from the peak. The folks that came out were awesome to hike with also. I had a good time hiking with all of you. Thanks to all of you for making the day a lot of fun! I look forward to hiking with you in the future :-).

    1 · August 24

  • Tom K.

    Weirdness! I thought I saw a post by Lori about doing this hike with P and K. Another thread? Or Alzheimers already?

    August 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Goto to the following link for the expected weather Saturday:

    Looks like a gorgeous day but chili. Dress in some warm clothes.

    August 21

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