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Anderson Peak - Forsee Creek Trail

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Incredible vistas, springs, off-trail scrambling, drop-offs
Near:Angelus Oaks, CA
Distance:13.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:4400 ft
Hike Time:8 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is a wonderful hike to the high country of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The views from the crest are superb, and very worthwhile. While there is water en route, it will need to be filtered, and by late summer is not dependable. Also, there are several great spots to camp along the way.

This trail is steep, but not as steep as the entrance from the south side of the wilderness. The drop-offs become a lot more apparent on the way down, and this trail is not recommended for acrophobics or small children. You gain lots of elevation and the views get better and better as you reach higher elevations.

The summit is rather large and there are no real 360's from on top. However, you can easily wander around to get the directional view you desire. This is an amazing peak. Since you are already here, do Shields Peak as well! It only adds a mile or so

Get permits in advance for busy weekends, during the week you might not see another soul.

Trailhead: From the 10 east, exit University Avenue in Redlands, turn right off the exit, and then turn left onto Citrus. Make another left onto Judson/Ford. Follow it to Lugonia Avenue (38), make a right. Follow the 38(it turns to Mentone Blvd and then into Mill Creek Road) to Mill Creek Ranger Station where you must get a wilderness permit for Forsee Creek. Continue east past Mountain Home Village, and follow the 38 as it turns to your left up the mountain. Continue past Angelus Oaks and turn right onto Jenks Lake Road. Follow the signs for Forsee Creek trail. A high clearance vehicle is recommended but not necessary. Park at the trailhead.

The trail is easy to follow, but overgrown in spots, it is steep and narrow in places. Follow it to Jackstraw Springs, then make the left turn upward to Dollar Saddle. Make a right on the Peak Divide Trail, there is the start of a use trail, but you must go cross country to the summit, a pretty easy task on this mountain. (Lat:34.12449 Lon:-116.89444)

Trail Guides for Anderson Peak - Forsee Creek Trail:
San Bernardino Mountain Trails - 100 Hikes in Southern California
by John W. Robinson  (Wilderness Press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: San Bernardino National Forest (909) 794-1123 - Mill Creek Ranger Station
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted  123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by SM on 3/29/2016
Some people don't recommend taking kids but we did. Took our toddler and infant. There was about 9 of us hiking. Saw 3 groups of people eanging from 2-6 individuals. Not many people on the trail. There are creeks along the way so bring a filter. We never made it to the end because with a big group and with kids we took a lot of stops. The view is great. Had few snow patches when we went. It was a bit windy so bring windbreakers in case. There are steep areas but overall doable.

Reviewed by Astro on 7/7/2012
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Reviewed by David on 6/29/2008
Did this one about two years ago. While you're at it, go ahead and hit East San Bernardino and San Bernardino Peak to the west. I found Anderson the most unpleasant and Shields the most enjoyable.

Reviewed by Jennifer on 10/30/2007
Due to extreme fire activity, and to protect public health and safety, San Bernardino National Forest officials are implementing a forest closure, effective October 23, 2007. The closure prohibits public entry to the forest, with few exceptions, and will last until the extreme conditions subside. The few exceptions to the closure allow access to the Serrano Campground, the Alpine Pedal Path and the Juniper Point Parking Area. Access to these sites is deemed safe, but visitors must remain vigilant and tend to current fire restrictions, including no smoking or no wood or charcoal fires anywhere on the forest. for updates

Reviewed by djs on 8/12/2007
Only saw 3 other people on trail. The hike up was better than the downhill, which I found dragged on. Great workout, but not very interesting. Looking down on Big Bear lake from the campsite was the highlight. No marked trail to the Anderson summit. No water this time of year. Sign in at the ranger station.

Reviewed by Benoit on 8/17/2005
I did this hike in February 2005, with snowshoes and crampons. Simply superb! You need to be in pretty good shape though to do the round trip as a day hike (at least in winter with 10-15 ft of snow!). The view are amazing, and, as opposed to Vivian creek or South fork trails, you will find some solitude.

Reviewed by Scott on 5/15/2005
Hiked 5/15. Trail in fairly good shape but several trees down. Snow from about 8200ft kept us from going on, even with snow shoes. The grade of the slope is pretty high, and there can be areas with significant exposure. Goreous hike and views, though. I would like to return.

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