This is a wonderful hike and backpack to the high country of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The route travels on one of the most underused trails in this area. Solitude and good views of Mill Creek Canyon and Yucaipa Ridge from the upper end of the trail can be had along the way.
Few hikers take this trail. Probably because there exists a shorter route to the summit in the form of Vivian Creek trail.
Probably also because this trail starts at the lowest elevation among all trails to the peak, thereby gaining elevation the most. Whatever the reason might be, this trail is quite underused and fairly overgrown at points. There are stretches with thorny shrubs that must be passed carefully. There are a couple of fallen tree trunks that must be circumnavigated. But on the whole the trail is well marked and quite obvious to follow. The Dobbs Cabin campgrounds is surrounded by two streams and is one of the most lushly forested campgrounds in Southern California.
You can also do this route as a day hike or snow hike during winter.
Highlights: Stream, nice forest, mountain views
- Near: Big Bear, CA
- Distance: 12 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 2000 ft.
- Hike Time: 3 hrs.
- Difficulty: 6/10
- Trail Condition: well maintained trail
- Overnight Permits: Mill Creek Ranger Station
- Dog Friendly: Yes
- Kid Friendly: Yes
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From Los Angeles – 10 fwy (east) to Orange St. (north) to W. Lugonia Av. (east) to hwy 203 (left) to Hwy 38 (east) to Valley of the Falls Dr. (east) to trail head.