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Little San Gorgonio Peak


Location: San Bernardino County, about 9 miles northeast of Yucaipa, 81 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS ToposForest Falls 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 565K
 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)
 All of Yucaipa Ridge: 3.6 meg JPG, TPO file, GPX file, KML file, CalTopo.

Nearby Peaks: Birch Mountain, Cedar Mountain, Wilshire Peak, Wilshire Mountain

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 4 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 3100'
Time: 6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Very difficult

Original: Charlie Knapke, June 1991


  • 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 about 13.0 miles to the Valley of the Falls Road on the right. Turn right.
  • Drive up the Valley of the Falls Road for 5 miles to the parking lot at the end of the road.


Warning: This route in some places is steeper than the angle of repose and can be very dangerous if one does not mitigate rock fall danger.

  • From the parking lot (6080'), hike east up the road past a locked gate to the road end.
  • Keeping on the right side of the canyon continue east to a point about 3/4 mile from the parking lot where a large wide gully can be seen to the south. This is the gully just east of Camp Creek.
  • Hike into this gully for about 0.1 mile to where it forks into two large gullies.
  • Hike straight ahead (south) up onto the wooded ridge that separates the two gullies.
  • Hike up this ridge making sure the gravel wash is to your right (west).
  • Once you are near the top of the gravel wash contour somewhat to your right (west) above the gravel wash until you meet the main ridge. This ridge is the east ridge of Camp Creek Canyon. (Do not attempt to hike up this ridge from Mill Creek as it contains unstable class 3 rocks.)
  • Hike south up this ridge to a small saddle at 8440'+ (UTM 112693 Nad 27 - see current HPS map).
  • Cross the saddle and sidehill to the right (south) into a gully, then up the gully to the saddle on Yucaipa Ridge east-northeast of Little San Gorgonio Peak (UTM 113689 Nad 27). The chinquapin is a bit thick in most places.
  • Turn right and hike up the ridge to the summit.

Printable version of this route


Yucaipa Ridge Traverse (5 peaks) from east to west
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 13 miles one way on road, trail, and cross-country
Gain: 4100'
Time: 8-9 hours one way
Rating: Class 1, very strenuous when combined with other peaks in the area
Navigation: Very difficult

Original: Warren E. von Pertz


  • See the driving instructions for Route 1 above and for Birch Mountain Route 1. This route assumes that you are hiking each peak (5 peaks) along this section of Yucaipa Ridge from east to west. Vehicles will be left at the Birch Mountain Route 1 parking area to complete the shuttle at the end of the hike.



The Yucaipa Ridge Traverse route continues west down Yucaipa Ridge to the Allen-Birch saddle and to the west shuttle parking area. This route crosses private property and permission must be obtained well in advance of the day of the hike.

This peak and the four nearby peaks are normally done together as a car shuttle trip. It is possible to descend the ridge from the saddle just east of Birch Mountain to the town of Forest Falls. See the Birch Mountain guide for additional information.

The USGS topo shows a trail starting at Pilgrim Pines Camp in Oak Glen and going up to a point near Cedar Mountain. This trail crosses private property and must be used only with permission. Contact Pilgrim Pines at (562) 335-7697 for permission.

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