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Charlton Peak


Location: San Bernardino County, about 13 miles north of Banning, 90 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS ToposSan Gorgonio Mountain 7½, Moonridge 7½
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 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

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


  • 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. Park here.


  • 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 Trail (1W07).
  • 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
(909) 794-1123


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.

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