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San Bernardino peak 

Hollywood sign hike topo map

Location : San Gabriel Mountains, San Bernardino 

Total distance : 16 miles round-trip (out and back)

Elevation gain : 4,600 ft

Peak elevation : 10,649 ft

Tree Cover : Partial tree cover. Sunscreen highly recommended.

Parking : Parking lot at the trailhead. 

Trailhead : Click here

Landmark : Pass the San Bernardino county Fire department and make a right.

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Note : You need a permit even for a day hike. Call Mill Creek visitor center (909)382-2882 for more information.

Detailed directions : Look for Angelus Oaks Fire Station (San Bernardino Fire Department) and drive past it to find the San Bernardino peak trail 1W07 trailhead parking sign.

Stay on the dirt road for about a quarter mile and you will see a trail sign and cars parked at the trailhead with an Information board.

Once you are at the Information board take the trail that goes uphill. It is the San Bernardino Peak Divide trail. When you reach a junction with wooden post continue towards Limber pine. It is important to pay attention to this as it may be confusing on your way back. You just have to go straight without going right or left, the same on your way back. 

Follow the sign on the tree towards San Bernardino peak. This is a good point to take a break and enjoy the views. There is a campground here so you will not be alone. The total hike is about 8 miles each way with an altitude gain of about 4,600 ft.

       If this is your first time going to high altitude you should check out the hiking tips and hiking gear pages.

This plaque is where surveyor Henry Washington had a 25 ft tower built for surveying purposes. At this point you are at 10,300 ft and have another 350 ft to go. Now the steepest portion of the hike starts but you are very close to the peak.

Keep right here and hike up the steep slope. You can see Mill creek and San Gorgonio from the peak. It is important to remember that there is a high chance of lightning and storms at high altitudes all throughout the year. It is best to reach the peak by noon or turn around, you can always go back to complete the hike if you are alive. Checkout gallery below for more pictures. Enjoy your hike and stay safe.

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