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24E

Shields Peak

10,680'+

Location: San Bernardino County, about 11 miles northeast of Yucaipa, 89 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest, A Guide to the San Gorgonio Wilderness
USGS ToposBig Bear Lake 7½, Forest Falls 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 1.6 megs
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: San Bernardino Peak, San Bernardino East Peak, Anderson Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 13 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 4000'
Time: 7-8 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz and Al Campbell, February 1973

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR 38).
  • Go one block east, then go north (left) 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue. Turn right on SR 38 (east).
  • Continue east on SR 38 about 26 miles to paved Jenks Lake Road on the right. Turn right (south).
  • Drive 0.3 mile to a fork at a sign "Forsee Creek Trail". Turn right (southwest).
  • Keep left at an immediate fork. Drive 0.5 mile farther to a parking lot at a sign "Forsee Creek Trail". Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6720'), hike up the Forsee Creek Trail (1E06). At about 1/4 mile you will pass a Wilderness Area sign. About 200 yards farther the trail forks. The signed "Johns Meadow" trail goes to the right.
  • Go left (signed "Jackstraw Springs"). Proceed about 5 1/2 miles (passing by a turnoff to Jackstraw Springs at 9250' to Trail Fork Springs at 10,400'.
  • Turn left at a trail junction just past Trail Fork Springs and follow the trail southeast to where it meets the San Bernardino Peak Trail.
  • Continue east to where the trail begins to descend the left side of the ridge.
  • Leave the trail on the right and follow the very rocky ridge east a short distance to the summit. Any path through the talus slope can be taken to reach the summit.

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ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 18 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 4230'
Time: 8-9 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, very strenuous
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz and Al Campbell, February 1973

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR 38).
  • Go one block east, then go north (left) 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue. Turn right on SR 38 (east).
  • Continue east on SR 38 about 26 miles to Jenks Lake Road on the right. Turn right (south).
  • Continue to the signed South Fork Trailhead parking lot on the left (restrooms). Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (6900'), hike the South Fork Trail (1E04) past the old Poopout Hill trailhead to South Fork at Slushy Meadows where the Dry Lake Trail forks left (8200').
  • Keep right on the South Fork Trail and continue to the fork to Dollar Lake.
  • Keep straight and continue to Dollar Lake Saddle (9960'), at a junction with the San Bernardino Peak Trail (1W07).
  • Hike west on 1W07 for 2 miles to where it comes out on the ridge just west of Shields Peak.
  • Come back east along the very rocky ridge to the summit.

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ROUTE 3

From Anderson Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 1 1/2 miles one way on trail and cross-country
Gain: 300'
Time: 1 hour one way
Rating: Class 1
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz and Al Campbell, February 1973

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • Follow the driving and hiking instructions in the Anderson Peak guide.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the summit of Anderson Peak, descend northeast down the ridge to the San Bernardino Peak Trail.
  • Continue east about 1/3 mile to where the trail begins to descend the left side of the ridge.
  • Leave the trail on the right and follow the very rocky ridge east a short distance to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 4

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 16 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 5400'
Time: 9-10 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, very strenuous
Navigation: Easy

Original: Joe Young, July 2001

DRIVING ROUTE 4

  • Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR 38).
  • Go one block east, then go north (left) 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue. Turn right on SR 38 (east).
  • Go 8 miles to the Mill Creek Ranger Station, a standard rendezvous spot.
  • Continue east on SR 38 about 5 miles to the Valley of the Falls Road on the right.
  • Turn right. Drive 2 3/4 miles to a large parking area on the left with a sign showing the start of the Momyer Trail. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 4

  • From the trailhead (5500'), follow the trail northward and cross Mill Creek. Pick up the trail on the north side of the creek.
  • In 2 1/2 miles encounter a fork. The right fork goes to Alger Creek Trail Camp and Dollar Lake Saddle.
  • Turn left. Proceed up the steep, mostly shadeless trail for another 4 1/2 miles to the top of the ridge at the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail (1W07) (10,400').
  • Turn right and continue east on trail 1W07 about 1 mile to where the trail begins to descend the left side of the ridge.
  • Leave the trail on the right and follow the very rocky ridge east a short distance to the summit. Any path through the talus slope can be taken to reach the summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

If backpacking in the area, there is water at springs along the Forsee Creek Trail.

Wilderness permits are required for all routes and have a limit of 12. Permits are issued at Mill Creek Ranger Station, 9 miles from Redlands on SR 38. Day use permits are self-issue on the day of the hike or by mail. Overnight permits must be acquired in person or by mail (or FAX a request). Contact:

Mill Creek Ranger Station
Route 1, Box 264
Mentone, CA 92359
(909) 794-1123

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