Elevation gain 10,649 ft. Considered one of Southern California's six pack, or tenners, this hike is sixteen miles of some of the most diverse terrain I have seen on any single mountain. It had been a few months since my friend (road trip buddy) and I had done any "real" hiking. You know, the long, grueling, why do we do this stuff until you stop staring at your shoes long enough to look up and what you see literally takes your breath away. I have been meaning to cross the six pack off my list. Sometimes I think I take California and all it has to offer for granted. I focus mainly on leaving, when I should be teaching myself to be content in staying. To take the opportunity to explore all of California while given the chance. People come from all over for this California gold. San Bernardino was my third "tenner," leaving me three more peaks to knock out. Three more peaks to look forward too.
We started out at 6:00am from Los Angeles allowing ourselves two hours to get to the ranger station. Permits are required for this hike and as it was last minute we had to pick them up. Be aware the ranger station does not open until 8:00am. Permits are not limited for day hikes. The trail head is past the ranger station and relatively easy to find. When you get to the parking lot the trail starts at the wooden info board. We missed this and walked to the left where there was a cross gate. Don't go that way. It doesn't go anywhere. We carried our day packs and packed a light lunch, plenty of granola bars, apples, trail mix, 3 liters of water each, sunscreen, and toilet paper. I wore layers starting with a tank top and added a wickable long sleeve over it. I brought my lightweight rain jacket/fleece, mittens, and a beanie in case of wind or temperature drops if we came down late enough. We may live in California, but the weather has been unpredictable lately and storms had been forecasted. Headlamp and first aid kits are always in my pack. Reaching the summit around 11:30am, spending a half hour up there, and taking our sweet time down we were done by 5:30. Nine hours total and a steady, but slow pace. I can't tell you enough how important water is even on a shorter hike. I gave out electrolytes to one man and the rest of my water in it's entirety to two men who were almost to camp and had run out of water already. There is no water source up there that we found so please be prepared. California has been dry this year, but as we were headed down and still had plenty to share in my friend's pack, we gave what we could. Below you will find photos of our hike ending at the summit. Nothing more than a little eye candy to inspire you to get outdoors and taste the real stuff. Happy trails!