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.
On a clear day, you can see Catalina, the Angeles Forest, San Jacinto, Toro Peak, the Tehachapis, and Mt. Charleston in Nevada. The views from the top are breathtaking, and if you are used to lower elevations, the hike might be as well. While you're here, why not top Anderson?
Get permits in advance for busy weekends, during the weekyou 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 and upward turn to Dollar Saddle. At the Peak Divide Trail turn left. You must go cross country to reach Shields Peak, although there is a makeshift use trail on the north slope. (Lat:34.12695 Lon:-116.88193)
Trail Guides for Shields 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.
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Reviewed by Rimor on 6/20/2009
06.19.09-Completed what I call an "Up and over hike". Started on the Forsee Creek Trail and came out on the San Bernardino Divide Trail in Angelus Oaks (11.5 Hrs.). This hike was "only" 17 miles. I'm saying this because it seemed to be more challenging than 21 mile round trip to the San G Peak via the Vivian Creek Trail. The weather was cool due to an overcast sky. Only a few patches of snow were sighted. Water was flowing at Jacksaw Springs at a rate of about 1 to 2 gallons per minute. Limberpine Springs on the SB Divide Trail was flowing at least twice that rate. My next U and O hike will be to SG Peak via Fish Creek and down Vivian Creek Trail.
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