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San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks 06.14.15

San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks

This Sunday I finished hike number 31/52 for the 52 Hike Challenge in 2015. For this day hike, Julia and I made our way out to Angelus Oaks to reach the summit San Bernardino Peak. San Bernardino Peak sits at 10,649 ft, and is reached via a 16.5 mile round-trip hike gaining 4700 ft.

From the trailhead, this one starts climbing a series of switchbacks that gain with a quickness. After 3 miles of uphill, the trail levels off a bit and heads along a ridge towards San Bernardino Peak and Mt. San Gorgonio. This is a great hike for summer months, as there is a lot of shaded areas with only a few sections of prolonged exposure.

San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks
In The Shade
San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks
Leveling Out

After about five miles of hiking, the trail starts to climb again and begins to offer beautiful views to the north. To the east, views of Big Bear Lake glimmered in the distance just as huge puffy clouds started to from and blow in from the Southern horizon.

San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks
Big Bear
San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks
On The Trail

Just before reaching the summit, we came across the Washington Monument. Colonel Henry Washington and an army survey team established this monument as a survey point for Southern California. It’s nothing but an old plaque and a pile of rocks, but the viewpoint does offer a great panorama of the area.

San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks
Washington Monument
San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks
Washington Monument

After leaving Washington Monuments, the trail levels out before a final short lung bursting climb to the San Bernardino Peak. From the summit, we could see San Jacinto and San Gorgonio, both with a halo of clouds.

San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks
At The Summit
San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks
San Gorgonio and San Jacinto

I'm Drew, creator of Trail to Peak. Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 19 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

6 comments on “San Bernardino Peak via Angelus Oaks 06.14.15

  1. Great shots! When I read ‘San Benardino’ I thought of the San Bernardino pass in Switzerland. I clearly was mistaken 😉 Maaike – Travellous World

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  2. Girl Gone Expat

    Loving the views in this hike!

    Liked by 1 person

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