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Desert side of the San Bernardino Mountains

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You are here: Home : Hiking Last Updated on 02/22/1997    
Diff: Rating 8/10
Scenic: Rating 4/10
Tech: Rating 2/10
Desert side
         of the San Bernardino Mountains
Location: San Bernardino Mountains, San Bernardino National Forest, Southern California
Region: North Face of San Bernardino Mtns, near Hesperia, CA
Wilderness: None
Total Distance: 4 Mi
Season: Sept-April
Type: Wandering

Hike added by
on 05/28/1995
Driving Directions
Take Main St. in Hesperia east. Continue on the same road as it heads to the south and becomes Lake Arrowhead Rd. Remain on Lake Arrowhead Rd. until it dead-ends at Hwy 173. From here, make a left towards Lake Arrowhead. Continue about 1 mile until the road turns into dirt. Park somewhere near here. Note: an National Forest Adventure Pass is required to park here. There is a PCT sign and trailhead right here.
Take the Pacific Crest Trail in the direction away from the Mojave River Dam. Hike past about two small streams, find the steepest sandiest section of mountain and go up towards the "v".
The temp was well over 100F on this day. The difficulty rating is due to the heat & bushwacking the thick brush. We were trying to get to this "v" in the mountain which had two pine trees on its ridge which are visible from much of eastern Hesperia. We got close but we didn't make it. Then we ran out of water. It was so hot out there on this day and the brush gets so think and stiff that it is really hard to get anywhere.

The destination area can be seen from the Pinnacles (Hike 5). From evidence at the Pinnacles, the two trees and nearby trees are probably Coulter Pines (Pinus coulteri).
Trail Condition
The PCT here is in good condition. After we left the PCT we were not on another trail until we got back on the PCT. This is a dominantly off-trail hike.
Added on 02/22/1997 by TractorUp
This hike took a slightly different approach. After parking at the PCT trailhead, I turned towards the south-east, and headed straight up the mountain in front of me towards the "v".

I thought this route would be an easier route up the mountain, but turned out to be more difficult. I was alone on this hike. Everything is going fine and I would have had no problem reaching the "v" and the two trees. I'm about 3/4 up there and I look down and I'm covered with ticks. I had never seen a tick before this day, but I knew what they were. I was pretty freaked out, so I got out of there as fast as I could, taking the "least-brush" route. I was "skiing" down this one sandy part of the mountain and then it turned into this rocky cliff. Some how I made it down the worst part, then went tumbling down and landed on the PCT with a 2 ft pile of sand, dirt, and rocks and got out of there.
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