Ascent of San Bernardino Peak on 2019-10-02
|Date:||Wednesday, October 2, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
|Peak:||San Bernardino Peak|
| Elevation:||10649 ft / 3245 m|
Ascent Trip ReportGot up at 5:30AM looking to leave the house by 6:00M for the drive across the LA basin. About 5:45 I checked on Google Maps and it indicated the drive would take 1 hour, 44 minutes. Excellent ! Except that the actual drive time was more like two and half hours, not including stops for gas and snacks for the hike. As such it was that I stepped off from the trailhead parking lot at 9:00AM, the Tacoma being the only vehicle there. The trail goes up hill almost right away at about a 10% grade and continues so without a break for the next three and three quarters miles, at which point it levels out for about a half mile before returning to the same up hill grade. I stopped for lunch at the overlook just west of Henry Washington monument, as the views were said to be better there than on the summit. After lunch I rolled over to the summit proper where I was pleasantly pleased to discover I had cell phone service, so I gave Deni a call. Took a few pictures and enjoyed the views of Mt. San Gorgonio, Mt San Jacinto, and Big Bear Lake before heading back down the trail. On the drive back to the freeway I passed by the Mill Creek Cattle Company, a restaurant that had been well reviewed on a KCVS-PBS television show we recently watched, so I stopped in for a bite to eat. Wasn't overly impressed: the portions were generous and fairly priced, the service was good, but the food itself was, well, "meh" as our niece's husband - New Jersey born and raised - would say.
The "IV" apparently refers to San Bernardino being the 4th of the SoCal Six Peak Challenge (2019-10-02). Photo by Ray Thompson.
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|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4689 ft / 1429 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||16.3 mi / 26.2 km|
| Route:||Standard Trail|
| Trailhead:||Angeles Oaks trailhead 5960 ft / 1816 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Clear|
| Time:||4 Hours |
| Time:||3 Hours 30 Minutes|
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