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Location: San Bernardino County, about 13 miles north of Banning, 90 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Los Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topos||San Gorgonio Mountain 7½, Moonridge 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Jepson Peak, Dobbs Peak, San Gorgonio Mountain
Printable version of this route
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 15 miles round trip on trail
- Gain: 4230'
- Time: 8-9 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, very strenuous
Original: Warren E. von Pertz, September 1968
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR
- 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.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (6850'), 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 (9520').
- Keep right again and continue
to Dollar Lake Saddle (9960'), at a junction with the San Bernardino Peak
- Turn left on 1W07 and follow it south about 1 mile to a
point south-southeast of the summit of Charlton.
- Leave the trail here and
head northeast up to the top of the ridge and then northwest up the ridge
to the summit.
Wilderness permits are required. They 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.
Mill Creek Ranger Station
Route 1, Box 264
Mentone, CA 92359
The peak was named for Rush Charlton, Supervisor of the Angeles National
Forest from 1907 to 1925. Charlton, "the boy wonder" of the
Forest Service (he was in his 20's when appointed Supervisor), was perhaps
the most dynamic and most controversial leader in the history of the
Angeles National Forest.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.