San Bernadino Peak and Limber Pine Bench

Pano from Washington's Monument San Bernadino Peak is one of the nine peaks along the San Bernadino Divide Range, which culminates at the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio. Limber Pine Bench is both a natural formation jutting out from this ridge as well as one of the best backpacking sites in Southern California. Distance: 16 …

Manzanita Flat

About half-way up the east flank of Mt. San Bernadino lies a flat stretch of terrain coated in manzanita, dotted with Jeffrey pines, and, on this day at least, frosted with 6 inches of snow. The flat itself is a good stop and rest point for a longer trek up to San Bernadino Peak, or, …

May Summary

Looking east from the slopes of Telegraph PeakDuring the month of May, I hiked 91.7 Miles and gained 17,960'. I spent 41 hours and 33 minutes on the trails, and I burnt off about 15,050 calories doing so. While May is warmer than April, and, at least this year, much dryer, the temperature change allows …

Sky Islands

From the summit of Mt. San Jacinto, looking down at the Colorado Desert.Mt. San Jacinto from the Little San Bernadino Mountains above the Coachella Valley.If you take the tram up to San Jacinto Mountain, you will have the unusual experience of departing from a desert landscape and arriving in a subalpine, mixed-conifer forest. The mixed-conifer …

Mt. San Gorgonio

Distance: 17.2 Miles (over two days)Elevation Gained: 5,500'Difficulty: StrenuousTime: 13:00 (Estimated since this was a backpacking trip)Critters: Larcenous chipmunksPros:- Highest peak in Southern California- Beautiful high country topography and flora- Incredible views- Sense of accomplishmentCons:- Rampant air pollution in the low-lying basinsDetails:This way, pleaseMt. San Gorgonio is a Southern California superlative. At 11,503', it is …