Friday, January 23, 2015

San Gabriel Mountains - Brown Trout

Just thought I would share this picture of a wild brown trout I caught not to long ago. I blurred the background because it's my secret fishing hole. All that I will reveal is that it is somewhere in the San Gabriel Mountains.  Remember when you fish in our local mountains to practice catch and release!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jones Peak via Bastard Ridge

Jones Peak via Bastard Ridge


 Distance:
1.8 miles one way
 3.6 miles round trip
Return via Crossover Trail to Old Mt. Wilson Trail = 5.3 miles round trip
 Return via Bailey Canyon = 5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
  2,400ft
Time:
 2 hours
Difficulty:
 Strenuous but short
Season:
Fall, Winter, Spring. Anytime when the weather is cool. Cloud cover is a blessing.



















Introduction

This short little hike starts on the Old Mt. Wilson Trail and takes you up a fire break to the summit of Jones Peak. The trail is very steep and loose. It is mainly like walking up a staircase (which is still class 1 even thought it's intense) but has a few spots of class 2 and even 3 where you will be using your hands to get up this ridge.  This hike is in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains and there is no shade. All this brought one hike reviewer on a forum to call this ridge "Bastard Ridge". The name was so appropriate that the name stuck. Source

Trailhead 

From the 210 Freeway, exit on Santa Anita Ave and head north. At Sierra Madre Blvd, turn left and drive about a mile until you reach Mountain Trail Ave. Turn right (you'll be heading north again) and continue all the way to the end of the street. As the road ends, turn left onto Mira Monte Ave. To your right is Mt. Wilson Trail Park. Park at the park. Follow Mount Wilson Trail Dr. about 170 yards north to the trail sign-in.  For more, see the trailhead section of this post.

The Hike

 Start hiking! Soon you will make it out of the houses and pass a palm tree (keep right). After that you will continue to go up the trail.  As the trail climbs, you will pass a draw, then a small ridge, and another draw. Bastard Ridge is the next ridge coming up so don't miss it! As soon as you come to the ridge you will notice some switchbacks. They are easy to miss though if you are not looking for them. You now need to go left taking the switchbacks up. Coordinates for your turn are  N 34° 10.608' W 118° 2.697'. This all happens in less then a miles from the trailhead.

There are around 24 switchbacks which you will climb. After hiking up those you will notice the trail continues into the canyon to reconnect with the Old Mt. Wilson Trail. Do not follow it. Now is when the fun begins. You are about to climb over 1,500ft in just 0.75 miles. You continue up the ridge. There is no real trail here. There are no switchbacks. All that exists is what you could call a game trail.  In the start it isn't that bad. It helps to have trekking poles. Even though it is steep it is all class 1.  After some hiking the ridge will start to become even steeper! Then you will get to one spot that is very steep. To make matters worse, water has eroded the path in such a way that the already loose gravely trail is even more slick and it is very hard to get footing. This little spot is class 3. You will probably have to grip with your hands (so I suggest bringing gloves) and will probably have to be very careful with your footing. After that the trail will be like it started; steep but class 1. Before you know it, the trail will start to even out and you will be on-top of Jones Peak!  You will be rewarded with some great shade trees Don't forget to take the time to hydrate!

Options

From here you have a few options. You can go back down the ridge to the trailhead which would make your hike 3.6 miles in total.  I for one would not like to think about going downhill on the loose steep part and wouldn't suggest this route.

What I did is I took the crossover trail down to the helipad where you join with the Old Mt. Wilson Trail again. You break away from the ridge at  N 34° 11.375'  W 118° 3.147'  After reaching the helipad you can go back to the trailhead making the hike 5.3 miles in total or you can continue to Orchard Camp.

The third option is to take the trail to the left (when looking north) down into Bailey Canyon. After switchbacking the trail down 3.2 miles you will end up at the Bailey Canyon Park which is the trailhead for this route. If you can't have someone pick you up, it's only a 0.7 miles walk though the flatlands back to Mt. Wilson Trail Park.

Another option is to continue up the ridge to Hastings Peak, Mt. Wilson Toll Road and Mt. Yale.

Final Thoughts

- Bring lots of water. The trail is tough and there is no shade.
- Watch for rattlesnakes
- Don't let this trail guide scare you. If you are in shape and are used to the outdoors you probably can handle the trail. Know your limits though.
- Once you summit you have a greater feel of accomplishment if you can make it.
- Do not do this hike when it's hot outside.
- Fun fact: you can see the ridge and "trail" from the 605 on a clear day and point to it saying "I did this crazy climb to that peak"


 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Old Mt. Wilson Trail - Complete Guide - First Water, Orchard Camp, Mt. Wilson

A complete guide to the Old Mt. Wilson Trail

  Distance:
First Water 1.5 miles
Orchard Camp 3.5 miles
Manzanita Ridge 5.2 miles
Mt. Wilson 7 miles
Round trip 14 miles

Elevation Gain:
First water 980ft
Orchard Camp 2,000ft
Manzanita Ridge 3,500ft
Mt. Wilson: 4,700ft

Time:
8 hours
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Season:
Spring and Fall. Top can have snow after a storm in the winter. Very hot in the summer.
















I write this because there are a few pages for hiking Mt. Wilson via The Old Mt. Wilson Trail but they do not go into detail. However there are guides out there for hiking to just First Water or Orchard Camp. Following is a complete guide to the whole trail including First Water, Orchard Camp, Manzanita Ridge all the way to the summit of Mt. Wilson.


Introduction


The Mt. Wilson Trail was the first real trail ever constructed in the front range. Benjamin D. (Don Bento) Wilson hired workers to make the trail so he could log the trees on the top of the mountain for fence posts and wine barrels in 1864. Even before that, Gabrieleno Indians used a rougher trail here to access the canyon, the peak, and even the desert to the north. Ever since it's construction in 1864, hikers and outdoors-men have enjoyed the trail, and today still, it is very popular and well traveled by many.

Trailhead

The trailhead is a location of it's own. Two historic buildings and a park mark the start to this trail. Richardson House is one of the two small dwellings built by John Richardson in 1864. Lizzie's Trail Inn offers fried chicken and ravioli to hikers and packers traveling the Mount Wilson Trail from 1890 until 1948. Today both are museums. Because the trailhead is in the city of Sierra Madre, no adventure pass is required.


From the 210 Freeway, exit on Santa Anita Ave and head north. At Sierra Madre Blvd, turn left and drive about a mile until you reach Mountain Trail Ave. Turn right (you'll be heading north again) and continue all the way to the end of the street. As the road ends, turn left onto Mira Monte Ave. To your right is Mt. Wilson Trail Park. Park at the park. There are restrooms at the park (I do not recall a water fountain) and 2 historical buildings. Get your backpack out, make sure your hydrated and start walking! Head west to the historic buildings and then start walking north up Mount Wilson Trail Dr. for about 170 yards. To the east is a private road, and to the north there are a few signs including a trail map and a trail log. The dirt starts here!

First Water


First Water is just that, the first water. The hike here is well worth it, views of Sierra Madre, lush plants, the creek, even waterfalls. This is a great hike if you have a limited amount of time, are new to hiking, or just want some exercise running in the morning.



The trail starts out on the side of a small draw passing a few houses above. Do enjoy the only shade you will have until reaching first water on this small 0.2 mile segment of the trail. The trail then merges with the private road (Mt. Wilson Trail Dr.). From there, a fire restriction sign can be seen under a palm tree, at this point, take the prominent trail to the right.
The trail will start to climb immediately, this area is all chaparral with no shade. Watch out for some castor oil plants which tend to grow in the lower elevations of the canyons around here. The 2007 edition of Guinness World Records claims this invasive species is the most poisonous plant in the world. From the trail you can see the Sierra Madre Dam below. After hiking about 0.5 miles you will see the ridge route to Jones Peak to the left, which continues to the right as a canyoneers route to the canyon below, stay on the main trail. In 0.3 miles, some switchbacks start, this is a new section of the trail because where the trail originally was, was deemed unsafe.
Don't try to hike the old trail, just accept the switchbacks, aside from it being fenced off and "no trespassing" signs, it's unstable someone has died attempting this section. Use the mail trail, you'll be fine. At this section of the trail you can hear/see some waterfalls in the canyon below.  The trail will lead you about 0.4 miles to First Water Junction. You will find that the trail splits here, and there is a trail map sign. The trail on the left continues up the canyon, and the trail to the right goes down to the creek. Head right, after hiking a few yards and dropping 30 feet, you will hit the canyon bottom. Enjoy the shade, lush plants, and the creek. Good spot to break, rehydrate and filter some water (see notes). By now, you have hiked 1.5 miles (making it 3 miles round trip from here) and have gained 980ft.

Orchard CampPoison Oak

Benjamin Wilson built a cabin at the half way point of the trail (Halfway House), later adding to it a three-room cabin, a stable, a blacksmith's shop and a chicken coop. In 1866, George Islip (pronounced eye-slip) homesteaded the place. He planted an orchard of apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees. Mount Islip, a prominent high-country peak above crystal lake, is named after him. Later Islip left and it became a treasured camping spot for many outdoors-men during "the great hiking era". This spot became more and more popular. At its peak in the year 1911, over 40,000 people signed the register at Orchard Camp (see notes). As the hiking era came to a close, the spot was abandoned and later demolished by the Forest Service.



From First Water, hiking back up to the junction, the trail continues to climb. The trail becomes less rugged but still just as steep and the shade of oak and pine trees greets you on northern slopes and in draws.
In under 0.4 miles, you will be at lost canyon. Cross the creek (if flowing, see notes) and continue climbing.  You'll hike now for another 0.6 miles though a nice shaded section of the trail. The trail climbs the whole time, but the oak and pine trees give it a relaxed setting. Watch out for pacific poison oak in this area, it is quite abundant. At this point, you'll cross another canyon. Following this canyon up takes you on the "crossover trail" leading you to Jones Peak. A few more yards up the trail to the right is a small side trail which leads to the helispot, enjoy the views of the canyon below, look up and you can see Mount Harvard. Keep on hiking up, in about 0.4 miles you will reach Decker Spring.
Great area to refill your water (see notes) and snack, beautiful big ferns, moss, rotting logs and lush trees makes this area feel like your hiking in northern coastal mountains rather then in aired socal. From here it's only 0.4 miles and another 150ft of gain and your at Orchard Camp. Before you reach orchard camp, there is a huge oak tree that has fallen across the trail, very cool, it reminded me of Sequoia NP.  I would say it's a great spot to sit and take a picture, but there are ants who's bites hurt..  Before you know it, you see a trail sign and the halfway house ruins come into view! A few steps and a stone wall are all that remain of Wilson's Halfway House.
Around the area are other stone ruins that were once structures.
I believe that during "the great hiking era" there was even a tennis court somewhere here. Listen to the birds chirp and the western grey squirrels play in the trees.  You have hiked 3.5 miles (making it 7 round trip) and have gained 2000ft. You will notice a huge oak tree, some online blogs say it's 1,500 years old, that is not excusable but I think it's an urban myth. A site telling the history of Mt. Wilson (linked below) says 500 years old, and that to me seems more likely. Whatever the case, it's huge, just think, the tree providing shade for you now, has giving shade to Indians, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Islip, and countless others in history. You are now halfway to the summit.

Manzanita Ridge

Manzanita Ridge is where a few trails junction. It has a bench to rest and awards great views. The name holds true, you will see manzanita plants here, along with white sage, and coastal live oak.


 Enjoy your break? Good, because the trail Immediately starts climbing and switchbacking, you'll also get some chaparral and sun. Soon the switchbacks will end, the shade will start again, and the trail will continue a steadily climb. After hiking a mile from orchard camp, and gaining another 800ft, you will find yourself at Last Water. It is just that, the last water you will have a chance to filter for the rest of the hike (see notes). Cross the creek, the trail will head west and then switchback once. After that there is a really sketchy part of the trail (see photo and notes). You have now hiked the whole course of the canyon and are on the sides of Mt. Harvard and Manzanita Ridge. This part of the trail will be drier but still very pretty, and has some shade. You'll obtain some great views of the canyon below. After hiking this for 0.7 miles, you will reach Manzanita Ridge at an area called Manzanita Ridge Junction. Here you will find a nice bench to rest on, dedicated to David Twinkle (the man that died on the closed section of the trail back before first water). Facing South there are three options. The trail to the left is the Winter Creek Trail, this will take you down into the Big Santa Anita Canyon and Chantry Flats.
In the middle is Manzanita Ridge, it's basically a fire break. To the right is where you just came from, the Mt. Wilson Trail. Facing North, there are two options. Strait North Manzanita Ridge continues steeply, again, this is basically just a fire break. To the right, the Old Mt. Wilson Trail continues, this is the trail you want to continue on to the summit. (see notes for the fire break vs the trail). You have now hiked 5.2 miles (making it 10.4 rt) and have gained 3,500ft.

Mount Wilson

Mt. Wilson. After Mr. Wilson finished the trail, he apparently did not like the wood and abandoned the project. Later telescopes were brought up to the top. Starting in 1947 television antenna's were added to the summit.


The trail gently climbs though pine forests on the east side of manzanita ridge.
After a few switchbacks, the trail crosses the ridge to be on the west side to complete one more switchback before crossing again to the north side. After one more little switchback, the trail emerges onto the Mt. Wilson Toll Road. Continue to follow the road north for 0.5 miles. In clearings you can obtain great views of the back range. There are huge acorns here too. Mind your footing in rock-slide areas. After this section, you will see a stone wall, and some man made structures to the left, you will see a road that continues to Mt. Wilson along with a suggested speed limit sign. At this point, you will notice a trail to the right going up the mountain. Take that trail, your
now back on the Mt. Wilson Trail. You will encounter a switchback 0.4 miles later, hike 0.2 more miles, and congratulations you have made it to the top of Mt. Wilson. You have now hiked 7 miles and have gained 4,700ft
Have someone pick you up, or return the way you came to make the round trip 14 miles, or make it a loop with the other trails you have passed on the way up. 

Notes:

Tree age - These trees can get old. There is a coastal live oak in Temecula that is like 1,500 years old or something. Whatever the age, it's really old. Here is my source for the 500 year old claim: http://www.dankat.com/mstory/trail.htm
Water sources - I don't think any of the water sources listed (First water, Lost canyon, Decker Springs, Last water) are reliable. Pack water as if there were no sources. I carry a steripen. If I come across clean water, I hydrate with the water I already have, then refill and steri. I'm not sure if there is water at the summit. When I went, all facilities including the restrooms were closed.

Sketchy part
- Between Last Water and Manzanita Ridge - It's nothing to crazy, just be careful and watch your step.  I would only recommend foot traffic for this area. Don't trip over your hiking poles, boot lace, etc.. Just use caution.



Fire break vs the trail - Just take the trail. The fire break is just that, it's steep and rugged. I learned from my own mistake.. The ridge is that type of flaky granite. That is, one spot might be gravel and you get a holding with your trekking poles, then the next step is granite with a thin layer of gravel ontop, you don't get a hold and slip. It blends in - it can be slippery and dangerous. "But I'm a pro, I watched Bear Grylls". Well, I passed a couple on the toll road before taking the ridge down. They in fact turned around after stopping for a minute after talking to me. I took the ridge, they took the trail. Because of it's steepness and looseness, I had to take my time (I slipped and fell on my rear and in doing so got a cramp..) After I got back to the bench, less then a minute later, the same couple meet me there. In short, take the trail, not only is it safer but it's faster.









Helpful links and sources
-
History about Mt. Wilson
Dan's Hiking Pages - Orchard Camp
Summitpost's page of the trail
Mt. Wilson Historical Timeline
Webcam





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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mt. San Gorgonio - South Fork Trailhead - Dry Lake & Dollar Lake - Trail Guide


San Gorgonio Summit Marker
Photo of Basin
The trailhead is at the bottom of this basin,
as seen from the trail near the summit.
Endurance doesn't make a difference on South Fork Trailhead because whether you're an athlete or just an out-of-shape office guy, you can make it to some place on this trail. You can just go to Horse meadows and then continue to what you are fit for, Poop-out Hill, South Fork Meadows, Dry lake or Dollar etc... and if you can, then reach the summit of San Gorgonio, the tallest mountain in California south of the Sierra Nevada range. For any real hiker of southern California, this trail is a must do. 

Read this page as if you were hiking the trail. That is, if I'm talking about the trail to Poop-out hill, and you want to hike to south fork, then read the whole page up to south fork, not just the south fork bit.



Also note that my distance measurement on the headers is by the SGWA/USFS guide, but in the paragraph I'm using Google Earth. Neither are exactly perfectly accurate.

C. Horse Meadows
Trailhead:
D. The trail
Get directions to California Route 38. Take the road into the mountains, staying on the


road even when it makes a 180-degree turn when it breaks to Forest Falls. Upon reaching Jenks Lake Road, turn right. Stay on the  road for 2.5 miles until you see a sign for the South Fork Trailhead. Park there. You will need an adventure pass to park and a San Gorgonio Wilderness Permit to hike past the wilderness border sign (b)
Best time: Road closed during winter I think. Spring has more water
                                                    For:
Hikers, Horses, Dogs
                                                    Map: click here



E. the ghost tree
Horse Meadows  (2.4mi rt. 515ft g.)


F. Spring
At the top of the parking lot, hike the dirt trail, not the road. This part of the trail is wide and well maintained, as in a jogging stroller can go on this part. It is mainly shaded here with some oaks and some incense cedar. 1.2 miles and 515ft later and you arrive at Horse Meadows (c). In one of the cabins it looks like there were bunks in it so I think it was a bunkhouse; there are some trail maps on the outside walls too. If you are just doing a small family hike, this is a good place to have a picnic and then turn around. I you are going farther, this is a great spot for a first break.




Poop-Out Hill (4.4mi rt. 900ft g.)


After leaving Horse Meadows you enter into a chaparral area.


The trail becomes more narrow and rocky (d).  There will be a service road


but stay on the trail. You will be in the chaparral for about 0.4miles. During this, keep your eye out for the ghost tree (e). You then enter a very shaded and wet part of the forest.  There is a spring (f) that is channeled like a
G. Ferns
creek so that it doesn't get the trail wet. All the water here lets a grove of ferns grow (g).  Continue on a little more and you will find yourself at
B. wilderness boundary
the San Gorgonio Wilderness Boundary (b). My measurements say that you have now hiked 1.9 miles and have gained 1,000ft. There is a side trail leading to the top of Poop-Out Hill. I'm not sure how long it is but SBNF says 2.2miles. I didn't think Paul Bunyan was around but I don't know anyone else who could "poop-out" a hill.   Anyway if you are just hiking to Poop-Out Hill then take the side trail, but if your going farther, I suggest you save your energy for the climb ahead.

South Fork Meadows (7.6mi rt. 1,300ft g.)
H. First avalanche site looking down
After crossing the boundary, you hike a quarter of a mile until you get to the first avalanche site (h).  Before that though, if you look left (east) you will see a flume (34°08'47"N 116°51'17"W); this is a man-made creek to get water from the South Fork to Jenks lake. It's not steep so it's a great place to collect water. The trail here is good. After that you have a nice flat (note that none of this is exact) 0.6 mile hike to the next avalanche site.  The trail here starts to become a little more rocky but is still good compared to other trails. 0.3 miles more and you meet with the Lost Creek Trail. If you need to refill your water, you can go down this trail a little bit (less than one tenth of a mile) and collect water from the South Fork of the Santa Ana River. Anyway, continue up the south fork trail.  Just another 0.2 miles farther and you are at a split in the trail.  To the right is Dollar lake trail, and to the left is dry lake trail.  Whichever one you choose, first go left and refill you water.  South Fork meadows itself is not impressive. It is where multiple forks of the south fork meet. This meadow is like any vegetation that you find along a river in this part.


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I will write about Dry Lake first and then about Dollar Lake.  Also, if you are going to the summit, consider making it a loop as both will go to the summit.
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Dry Lake (11.4mi rt. 2190ft. g.)
After going though South Fork Meadows and hopefully not falling into the river on your river crossing, you will hike a little bit through a rocky area and then cross one more fork of south fork (i). After that, you only have about 1.5 miles to Dry Lake. You begin to ascend 6 small switchbacks  that bring you into a small valley.  At this point you're on the side of a ridge of Grinnel Mountain. There should be a spring at 34°07'34.43 N 116°50'08.43 but the only reliable water options you have on this trail are South Fork and Lodgepole spring.  As you continue walking, the valley floor gets higher and you'll be hiking into it. This is a pretty part that reminded me of walking in Icehouse Canyon. Before you know it you have Dry Lake in front of you (j).  Depending on how much water and snow the mountains got, and when you hike it, you either have a cool lake, a marsh, or a meadow.
  You can camp here at Dry Lake Campground, or at Lodgepole Spring Campground.  Lodgepole Spring is about a quarter of a mile up from the camp.  It's a very relaxing place.

J.a. Dry Lake 8/19/12
I. A fork of a fork
J.b. Dry Lake 9/19/11


Mineshaft Saddle (14.6mi rt.  3,070ft g.)
K. Memorial plaque
L. The Tarn
Continuing south from Dry Lake on the loose rock and gravel trail, you go around some knolls and hills. A mile and a few sorry excuses for switchbacks later, you reach Trail Flats Campground. From there you climb to the top of a ridge where you can see Dry Lake through the sub-alpine trees. Hike another half mile and you reach Mineshaft Saddle.  This is not a campsite, but it is where Fish Creek, Dry Lake, Sky High, and North Fork Trails meet. It's a good place to rest and prepare mentally for the hardest part yet.





Mt. San Gorgonio (22.8mi rt. 4,602ft g.)
To summit San Gorgonio, you need to take the sky high trail (south). This is the hardest part of the trail. The first mile you have loose gravel and a few tricky spots. You will then see some air
M. Summit
plane wreckage (k). Then you have eleven (never ending) switchbacks. If you succeed you end up on the other side of the mountain. As you hike you will see the tarn (l).  The trail then turns right heading north for about 0.4 miles. You will then run into the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail. Drop your packs here but take you camera. 0.4 miles later and one final few yard push and you are at the top of Socal (m).  Note: the ground squirrels are very tame.





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Dollar Lake (13mi rt. 2,340ft g.)
0. Camping Map
If you choose to go to Dollar Lake, you will take a right at the fork near South Fork Meadows. For the next 2.7 miles you hike though the forest. This is the hardest part of the trail(n) because Do
N. Trail to Dollar Lake
llar Lake is higher than dry lake and the trail is a mile shorter to the summit, but the trade off is there are


j


ust a few large switchbacks, it mentally is easier, compared to the 11 on the Sky Hi


gh Trail.  I therefore find this way easier for me.  After hiking awhile you will find yourself in a grassy spot which turns into a Manzanita and Chinquapin forested area. You are really close to Dollar Lake now. Take a break and take advantage of the great views.


Soon you will have a split in the trail. The trail to your right takes you to Dollar Lake Saddle, and the Trail to your left take you to Dollar Lake. Take the trail to Dollar Lake. You'll hike half a mile and drop 300ft as you pass the
P. Dollar Lake
Dollar Lake campground(o), hike


around a few knolls, and find yourself at dollar lake(p). Even if the lake is empty,


look for a spring at the west side of the lake.

Dollar Lake Saddle (14.8mi rt. 3,100ft g.)
Q. Sign Marking Dollar Lake Saddle
After going to the lake, probably taking a break and getting water, and then coming back up, you will probably have lost a half hour to an hour compared to if you just passed it by. You will now start to find that the forest is getting thinner, and the trail gets more rocky. You are getting in Sub-Sub-alpine.  0.6 miles later and you are at Dollar Lake Saddle (q).  Dollar Lake Saddle is a saddle between Alta Diablo and Charlton Peak, and is where Falls Creek Trail, Dollar Lake Trail, and San Bernardino Peak Drive Trail all meet. Red Rock Flats, and Shield flats Campgrounds are to your right (should you choose to camp there). Going down Falls Creek Trail will lead you to Mill Creek. Turn left to go to San Gorgonio. Just making it here though is a great hike if you are not ready for the summit.
R.  Tranquility

Mt. San Gorgonio (21.4mi rt. 4,602ft g.)

S. Campground
T. Jepson Peak
After Finishing the part to the Saddle, your trail still climbs higher, but not as steep, you have done the hard part. Give yourself a pat on the back and take a deep breath as you take in the views(r)You hike 1.1 miles around Charlton and Little Charlton Peak. This part of the trail has boulders all around. You then reach Dry Lake View Campground(s) After Passing the Campground, the trail turns south-west and hikes on the slopes of Jepson Peak (t). From here you can see the whole crest of San Bernardio Peak and so. In about 0.3 miles the trail turn east and after hiking about a mile though the limber pines and other high elevation pines, there is a spot between Jepson Peak and San Gorgonio, that is kinda flat and is a nice spot to take a break (34°05'55.75" N 116°50'23.97" W).  The Vivian Creek Trail and the Sky High Trial both end when th
ey meet this trail, you'll want to just cont
inue on this trail. Soon, you have just a 10th of a mile more and only 70ft gain and you will be at the top (m). You can camp at the summit also.