San Gorgonio Wilderness Trip Planner

This chart will help you select trails which have natural features you desire for your next visit. This Trip Planner was designed as a rough guide to help you get the most enjoyment out of your trip, or try a new trail you haven't been on before. It was not designed to be the ultimate planning guide. It is up to you get out and explore the San Gorgonio Wilderness to find what is special and unique about it to you. Please note: ALL CAMPFIRES ARE ILLEGAL in the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

USING THE TABLE:

Creeks/Streams: (C) Indicates only "flowing" perennial creeks or streams. This does not include seeps or springs. The absence of such does not indicate that the entire trail is dry, rather "creekside splendor" is not a feature.

Waterfalls: (W) As stated.

Wildflowers: (WF) Most of the trails in the Wilderness will have some form of wildflower blooming at the height of mountain spring (June/July). Those indicated have a greater amount, greater diversity, and/or are "famed" for their wildflowers. Winter precipitation may greatly vary localized flower displays. See Flora and Fauna for more information on wildflowers.

Shade/Forested: (F) Indicates trails which offer at least sections of shade and respite from sun exposure. Conversely, these same trails may be bone-chilling in the spring or autumn. Generally, the south facing trails in the Wilderness receive full sun exposure and may be quite hot during the height of summer.

Trailside Vistas: (V) Indicates trails which offer a greater degree of awe inspiring trailside vistas. Southern slope trails offer vistas of the greater southern California urban areas, northern slope trails offer views of the Santa Ana Canyon and/or the Mojave Desert and San Bernardino Mountains.

 

Trail Camp Vistas: (CV) Indicates that the stated trail has trail camps which offer great views from within camp or just a few minutes from your tent.

Lakes: (L) There are only two lakes in the Wilderness: Dry Lake and Dollar Lake.

Meadows: (M) Indicates that meadows may be found alongside or nearby the stated trail. Meadows are fragile areas and all visitors are required to stay off the meadows. Please click here for more information on Minimum Impact Ethics.

Solitude: (S) Indicates with a number ranking (1-5) the degree of solitude that may be found along the stated trail. A "1" indicates that the trail is one of the quietest, and consequently one of the lesser visited trails. A "5" indicates the trail receives a fair amount of use and might not offer the solitude you may desire. This is a rather subjective ranking as it is based on weekend travel. Most weekday journeys to the Wilderness will find solitude on a typically "busy" trail.

Difficulty: (D) Easy, moderate, or difficult. This too, is a subjective evaluation. This takes into account the total elevation gain and number of miles from trailhead or trail start to trail terminus or where it joins another trail. One individual may find an easy rated trail difficult, and another individual may find a difficult rated trail moderate.

KEY:
C=creeks W=waterfalls WF=wildflowers F=forested/shade V=vistas CV=camp vistas L=lakes M=meadows S=solitude D=difficulty

TRAIL NAME

C

W

WF

F

V

CV

L

M

S

D

SOUTH FORK

x

.

x

x

.

.

.

x

5

easy

LOST CREEK

.

.

.

x

x

x

.

.

1

easy

ASPEN GROVE

x

.

x

x

.

.

.

x

2

easy

FISH CREEK

x

.

x

x

.

x

.

x

4

mod.

NORTH FORK

x

.

.

.

x

x

.

x

1

mod.

VIVIAN CREEK

x

x

x

.

x

x

.

x

5

diff.

MOMYER

x

.

.

.

x

x

.

.

1

mod.

SAN BERN. PEAK

.

.

x

.

x

x

.

.

3

diff.

FORSEE CREEK/JACKSTRAW

.

.

x

x

x

x

.

.

3

mod.

FORSEE CREEK/JOHN'S MDW

x

. x x . . . x 3 easy
DOLLAR LAKE

.

.

.

.

x

x

x

.

4

mod.

DRY LAKE

.

.

x

x

.

.

x

x

5

easy

S.B. PEAK DIVIDE

.

.

.

x

x

x

.

.

1

mod.

SKY HIGH

.

.

.

.

x

.

.

.

1

mod.

C

W

WF

F

V

CV

L

M

S

D

KEY:
C=creeks W=waterfalls WF=wildflowers F=forested/shade V=vistas CV=camp vistas L=lakes M=meadows S=solitude D=difficulty