Summary: The hike up to Jenks Lake is a wonderful warm-up to more daring adventures in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The trail, steep though short, provides an excellent cardiovascular workout along what was once a logging road. After a shady stream crossing surrounded by lush and verdant vegetation, the hiker is treated to an uphill climb with magnificent views predominantly of the southwestern San Gorgonio Wilderness and surrounding areas. After reaching the lake, there are many opportunities for further exploration (it is possible to hike around much of the perimeter of the lake, and a short nature trail exists behind the picnic area) or for picnicking, rest, and/or relaxation. Fishing is also possible in the stocked lake (check with the Ranger Station for details). It is recommended that you visit Jenks Lake on a weekday during the summer season-weekends or holidays tend to be crowded and noisy.
Trailhead: In the city of Redlands, exit Highway 10-travel northeast for approximately 26 miles to the Barton Flats Visitor's Center (call/check with the Ranger Station, phone number below, for hours/days that the Ranger Station parking lot is open), turn right, and park. The trail begins along the Rio Monte Trail, then continues along Barton Road to an antiquated logging road up to Jenks Lake. The trail is well-signed-use care if and when walking along the perimeter of Highway 38 near the Jenks Lake trailhead. (Lat:34.17007 Lon:-116.88815)
Trail Guides for Jenks Lake-San Bernardino National Forest:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: San Gorgonio Ranger District-(909) 794-1123
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Patricia Barnes, who has posted 23 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Lori on 1/9/2012
Hiked this trail Saturday 1/7/12 when we could not do South Fork due to snow and ice. It was perfect. A few patches of snow but easy to get around. Beautiful Sunny day made for very pleasant hike. The lake is almost completely frozen. There were 4 other people there but they soon left leaving my hiking partner and I the only two people in the whole area. It was quiet, peaceful and stunningly beautiful.
Reviewed by Viewer on 10/28/2010
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