Southern California /San Gorgonio Wilderness Area / San Gorgonio Mountain Peak Hikes / Backpack Gorgonio
The tallest mountain peak in Southern California towers over the often smoggy basin of the Inland Empire, Riverside & San Bernardino. Coachella Valley lies to the southeast. Joshua Tree National Park lies due east.
Old Greyback is a fitting nickname for the peak. The massive, bald, decomposed granite gravel paves the whole top layer, above treeline (altitude nearing 12,000 feet above sea level) and this impressive peak can be seen from most of the Los Angeles basin and the Palm Springs desert. The expanding view of the Pacific Ocean can be seen 70 miles to the west, but only if the skies are clear. Windy, winter days are excellent conditions for viewing, but plan your hike accordingly as this peak could be covered in deep snow during winter or springtime.
This is a very popular backpacking weekend trip to escape from the big urban populations. San Diegans and Angelinos can easily access this location in a few hours from home, via Interstate 10 and some mountain driving on a 2 lane highway.
San Gorgonio Peak – 11,503′ elevation
Forest & Hiking Maps –
- San Gorgonio Wilderness Map (USDA)
- San Gorgonio Trail Map (Tom Harrison)
- San Bernardino National Forest (USDA)
- San Bernardino Topo Atlas (USDA)
- Hwy 38 @ Angeles Oaks
- Hwy 38 @ Barton Flats – Jenks Lake
- Hwy 38 @ Heartbar – Fish Creek & Mission Springs
- Hwy 38 @ Fossil Falls – Momyer & Big Falls
- I-10 @ Millard Canyon – East Branch & Middle Branch
- Interstate 10 @ Cottonwood Canyon – PCT access
nearby campgrounds –
Heartbar Campground (Hwy 38)
nearby communities & towns –
surrounding wilderness and forest lands –
National Forest & Wilderness Permits –
more San Gorgonio info & links –