Memorial Day Weekend

Backpack and Peak Bagging Trip

May 26-28, 1990

Have you ever stood on the top of a high mountain peak and been able to see God’s creation in a spectacular 360° panorama? This will be your opportunity to do this from not just one, but from four peaks in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Leader: Bruce Corning. Home phone: (213)416-9076. Work phone: (213)333-3568. E-mail: BCorning:LAX1B:Xerox.

Distance: 20 Mile Loop trip.

Trailhead - 6,800’.
Limberpine Bench Trail Camp (First Night) - 9,200’.
San Bernardino Peak - 10,649’.
San Bernardino East Peak - 10,691’.
Anderson Peak - 10,864’.
Shields Peak - 10,701’.
Trail Fork Springs Trail Camp (Second Night) - 10,400’.

Difficulty: Mildly Strenuous.

Weather: The weather in this area and altitude is unpredictable in late May. Daytime might be very warm, especially in direct sunlight, but be prepared for nightime temperatures down to 30 degrees. Also for cold rain. Thunderstorms can arise suddenly in these mountains, so bring rain gear.

I do not like to cancel trips and this one will not be canceled except for conditions which are dangerous such as icy conditions on the high trails and storms deemed beyond the capability of the group to handle.

Trip Description: The first day we will hike from the trailhead to Limberpine Bench Trail Camp (7 miles). This camp is open with a wide western view. The sparse and weather-beaten limber pines have grotesque shapes and very little foliage due to the harsh weather. Much of the second day (7miles) will be spent hiking along a ridge that is over 10,000’ in elevation. We will pass near four peaks, all within one-half mile of the trail. Peak bagging is optional. On Monday, we will have an easy hike (6 miles fairly steep downhill) to the trailhead, then travel home.

Good physical conditioning is essential. The rigors of cold weather, high altitude and strenuous hiking will take their toll on your body. This trip will be somewhat difficult and the weather may be cold, but the scenery will be beautiful and the trip rewarding. Beginners are welcome.

Equipment: Be sure to include the ten essentials. If you need a checklist, I can give you one. Special equipment such as Ice Axe, Crampons and Snowshoes are not required or recommended. Unfortunately I was unable to obtain a fire permit which means no campfire. Cooking must be done on portable stoves. Each person is responsible for his/her own equipment.

Items such as card decks, paperback books, and pencil and paper are fine for the idle hours around camp. I do not encourage Walkmans or other similar electronic devices, since we are up here to get away from such urban influences.

Food: Left up to the participants. Plan on three breakfasts, two dinners, and trail snacks for three days.

Expenses: This is a cost sharing trip, I suggest carpooling and sharing the costs.

Participants: The number of participants is strictly limited to eight.

Instructions: It is my practice to travel to the vicinity of the trailhead the night before a hike and get a fairly early start. This gives your body an extra eight hours or so to get accustomed to the altitude. The early start allows us to get to camp about noon so the afternoon may be spent in leisure or on another hike.

We plan to leave the trailhead at 8:00 AM sharp! on Saturday and return to the trailhead about noon on Monday. There is an A & W in Mentone which is my favorite place to snack on the way home.

Driving Instructions: From the South Bay area, take the 91 freeway east to highway 10. Take highway 10 east to Redlands and take Orange Street north. Orange Street is also Highways 30 and 38. In about a mile, highway 38 turns east (right), follow it. Near Forest Home, highway 38 takes a very sharp turn to the left and then follows the mountain around to Angeles Oaks. Keep going to the Jenks Lake turnoff (turn right) and about 1/3 mile turn right on a narrow dirt road with a sign that reads: "Forsee Creek Trail". Continue down this road to the end (about 1/2 mile) where there is plenty of parking space. Driving time from the South Bay area is about three hours.

Disclaimer: Although slight, there is a chance of serious injury or death associated with outdoors activities such as this. By agreeing to participate, you choose to assume these risks. Liability wise, you are on your own. You are all adults, capable of making your own decisions and you are responsible for your choices. As the leader, I reserve the right to insist on conduct that is safe to other people and the environment, and compliant with the regulations given on the wilderness permit.