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Ascent of San Bernardino Peak on 2013-05-26

Climber: Brian Richardsson

Others in Party:ucimc'er tg
Date:Sunday, May 26, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Bernardino Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10649 ft / 3245 m

Ascent Trip Report

Three day / two night backpack to hit eleven peaks in the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area.

Day 1: Started from the SB Peak Divide Trail head in Angelus Oaks. Hiked six miles or so into camp, at Limber Pine Bench Camp, elevation 9,200' or so. Set up camp and relaxed the rest of the day to get an early start the next day.

Day 2: Got an early start and continued up the SB Peak Divide Trail to Washington's Monument, then continued on to San Bernardino Peak and the San Bernardino East peak. Continued on the SB Peak Divide Trail to the junction of the Forsee Creek Trail, where we headed off southeast, up the northwest ridge of Anderson Peak. From there we headed down Anderson's northeast ridge back to the SB Peak Divide Trail at Anderson Flat. Stayed on the SB Peak Divide Trail until Shields Peak, where we scrambled up Shields' rocky west ridge. From there we headed further on down the SB Peak Divide Trail, scrambling a few feet up off the trail to tag Alto Diablo, and then continued on to High Meadow Springs Camp.

Day 3: From High Meadow Springs Camp, we headed on to Dollar Lake Saddle, and then took a right turn, heading south to wrap around Charlton and Little Charlton. We headed off trail to scramble up Little Charlton and Charlton, and then scrambled down from the C/LC saddle back to the SB Peak Divide Trail. We continued on the trail all the way to San G herself, which was our 3rd peak of the day, and 8th over all. From there, the plan was to head back up the SB Peak Divide Trial over to the rim of the big draw, and then head along the rim cross-country to Jepson, but one of our party wasn't going to be able to make it. Rather than have him walk down the trail by himself, we walked down the trail to the ridge that connects Jepson to Little Dobbs. We headed up the ridge to Jepson, then headed back down to the trail and crossed it, heading down to Little Dobbs. From Little Dobbs, we headed west to Dobbs, and after Dobbs, we took a quick break before heading down Dobbs' west ridge. We took Dobbs' west ridge all the way down to around 7,200', where we connected with the Vivian Creek Trail. We then headed down the trail to the parking lot, where we had left the 2nd car of our shuttle.

All in all, the trip was eleven peaks, 26 miles, and 8,700' gain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4989 ft / 1519 m
    Total Elevation Loss:549 ft / 166 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.8 mi / 14.2 km
    Grade/Class:class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4839 ft / 1474 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4689 ft / 1429 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Loss on way in:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Route:San Bernrdino Peak Divide Trail
    Start Trailhead:San Bernrdino Peak Divide Trail Head  5960 ft / 1816 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:399 ft / 121 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 249 ft / 76 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:San Bernrdino Peak Divide Trail
    End Trailhead:SB Peak / SB East Peak Saddle  10400 ft / 3169 m
Ascent Part of Trip: sgwa 11 peak traverse (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1San Bernardino Peak2013-05-26 a4989 ft / 1521 m
2San Bernardino East Peak2013-05-26 b341 ft / 104 m
3Anderson Peak2013-05-26 c340 ft / 104 m
4Shields Peak2013-05-26 d140 ft / 43 m
5Alto Diablo2013-05-26 e163 ft / 50 m
6Little Charlton Peak2013-05-27 a756 ft / 230 m
7Charlton Peak2013-05-27 b340 ft / 104 m
8San Gorgonio Mountain2013-05-27 c1131 ft / 345 m
9Jepson Peak2013-05-27 d331 ft / 101 m
10Little Dobbs Peak2013-05-27 e64 ft / 20 m
11Dobbs Peak2013-05-27 f92 ft / 28 m
Total Trip Gain: 8687 ft / 2650 m    Total Trip Loss: 8567 ft / 2612 m



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