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Mill Creek Ranger Station
34701 Mill Creek Road
Mentone, CA 92359
(909) 794-1123
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San Gorgonio Peak
         via Fish Creek Trail
Location: San Bernardino Mountains, San Bernardino National Forest, Southern California
Region: San Gorgonio Region
Wilderness: San Gorgonio Wilderness
Total Distance: 18.2 Mi
Elevation Gain: 5,000 Ft
Season: April-Nov
Type: Out & Back
Start Elev: 8,040 Ft
Peak Elev: 11,501 Ft
Total Time: 7.25 hr
Time In: 3.75 hr
Time Out: 3.5 hr

Peak List Peak List
Peak Name Elevation
San Gorgonio Peak 11,501 Ft

Hike added by
on 08/02/2003
Driving Directions
From high desert area, take Bear Valley Rd east. It will join with Hwy 18. Continue on Hwy 18 to the Baldwin Lake Rd, make a left here. This road eventually becomes Shay Rd. Follow the road to the stop sign at Greenspot Blvd. Make a left... you are now on Hwy 38. Continue on this road a few miles past Onyx summit and make a left at the sign for Heart Bar Campground/ Fish Creek. Take this road for approximately 9 miles to its end and a parking area. The trail is on the opposite side of the road from the parking area. A high clearance vehicle is preferable for portions of this road but a car can make it with some careful, slow driving.

Alternatively you can take Hwy 38 about 35 miles from the I-10 near Redlands. Make a right onto the road to Fish Creek and travel 9 miles to the parking area.
Start on the trail just opposite the parking area and stay on the same trail to the peak.
The lower portion of the trail passes through a fairly lush forest with some beautiful meadows and tiny stream crossings. Then it opens up into a forest of Jeffery pine and eventually lodgepole and limber pine. There are stunted trees almost all the way to the peak.

I did this hike with the Outdoors Club. The weather was perfect, not too hot and clouds or shade kept the sun away most of the day. Passed two rangers on the way up.
Trail Condition
The trail is in very good condition. The switchbacks below the peak are a lot longer than they look on the map. Shallow grades make for a long but comfortable descent.
I recall seeing quite a bit of schist out here.
Additional Elevation & Distance Information
From the parking area, the trail drops slightly to about 7975ft elevation and then begins an easy but steady shallow climb to the peak.
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