San Bernardino Peak Trail 1W07

Area Status: Open
trees, trail, signs


From Angelus Oaks, turn east off Highway 38 onto Manzanita. Then turn to the immediate left onto the frontage road that parallels Highway 38. Turn right onto Forest Service Road No. 1W07 and stay to the right up the dirt road 300 yards to the trailhead (5,960'). There are NO RESTROOMS at this trailhead. 

Trail destinations:

Columbine Camp (water usually available-8,000') is 4.7 miles from the trailhead just beyond Manzanita Flats. The camp is to the right (south) of the trail and .7 mile and 300 vertical feet below it.

Two miles beyond Columbine Springs Junction is Limber Pine Bench Camp (9,200'). Water is obtained from a spring .3 mile beyond the camp.

Two and two-tenths miles further beyond Limber Pine Camp located on the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail is San Bernardino (10,624') and San Bernardino East Peaks.

Another two miles east along the Peak Divide Trail is Trail Fork Springs (water available near trail junction-10,400'). The San Bernardino Peak Trail and the Divide Trail both offer outstanding views in all directions. The flatlands of the Inland Empire lay nearly 10,000 vertical feet below Limber Pine Camp and the trail above. This is a wilderness area within the Sand to Snow National Monument.

Did you know?

Southern California’s original Initial Point was established in 1852, by the surveyor Henry Washington. Washington intended to locate it atop the 10,649 foot San Bernardino Peak, but determined that the summit was not visible from the valley below, so he established the point half a mile west, 350 feet lower in elevation, but more visible from the west. He built a tower at the site, a 25-foot tall pole rising from a pile of rocks, with dangling tin reflectors, to make the point even more visible from below. The pile of rocks and the bottom part of the pole are still there, preserved primarily by the remoteness of the site.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: A portion of the trail was burned over in the 2020 El Dorado Fire. Potential hazards include falling trees and limbs, loose rocks and ash pits. Portions of the trail may be damaged or blocked with debris.
Permit Info: Permits are required. Free permits are available 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 It In/Pack It Out Pack out what you pack in and Leave no Trace! 
Closest Towns: Angelus Oaks
Information Center:
Mill Creek Visitor Center
34701 Mill Creek Road
Mentone, CA 92359
1-909-382-2882 Thursday thru Monday. (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

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