Fish Creek Trail 1W07

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Lush green meadows located along the Fish Creek Trail in the San Gorgonio Wilderness

From the Fish Creek trailhead, it is 1.7 miles to Fish Creek Trail Camp (8,600'). Water is available (seasonally) approximately 1/2 mile beyond Fish Creek Trail Camp (Fish Creek crosses the trail). During early spring, water may be found flowing directly through camp. Three and three-tenths miles further is Fish Creek Saddle (no water-9,900'). Water is obtained from Lodgepole Spring (9,000'), seven-tenths of a mile down a trace trail to Dry Lake (9,000'), or packed up from Fish Creek. From Fish Creek Saddle, it is .9 mile to Mineshaft Saddle (9,960') where it meets the Sky High Trail. The summit of San Gorgonio (11,499') is 3.5 miles further. This is a wilderness area and a permit is required for day and overnight hikes.

Interesting sites along this trail include the wreckage from a C-47 airplane that crashed in 1953. It can be found at approximately the 11,000' level and below. 

At a Glance

Permit Info: Day use permits will be required beginning September 1, 2020. For overnight permits, reserve through the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association.
  • Group size limited to 12 people and 8 pack/riding animals per group.
  • No campfires allowed.  Portable gas stoves are allowed.
  • Camp on a durable surface at least 100 feet away from trails and water sources.
  • Pack out what you pack in.  Leave no Trace!
Closest Towns: Angelus Oaks
Information Center:
Big Bear Discovery Center
40971 North Shore Drive, Highway 38
Fawnskin, CA 92333
Call (909) 382-2790

General Information


To reach the trailhead, turn right (south) off Highway 38 about 6 miles east of the Barton Flats Visitor Center on Forest Service Road 1N02. Follow 1N02 until it forks right to 1N05. Follow 1N05 (not intended for low-slung autos) about 7 miles to the trailhead (8,180'). These roads are closed during the winter, after the first significant snowfall. 

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