SOUTH FORK MEADOWS  - BACKPACK

 

SOUTH FORK TRAILHEAD

Location

7 miles ENE of Angelus Oaks off CA-38

Lat/Lon

34.1616°,-116.873°     Google Earth

Elevation

6759 feet     Weather

Driving Distance

82 miles - about 1 hour 37 minutes     Google Maps Driving Directions

Driving Directions

WEST on Sandburg Wy
RIGHT
onto Culver Dr for 0.6 mi
MERGE
onto I-405 South for 1.2 mi to Exit 7/Jamboree Rd
RIGHT onto Jamboree Rd for 3.4 mi
CONTINUE on CA-261 North (toll) for 5.8 mi
CONTINUE on CA-241 North (toll) for 6.5 mi
MERGE onto CA-91 East for 24.8 mi
CONTINUE on I-215 North for 5.6 mi
MERGE onto I-10 East for 7.7 mi to University St exit
LEFT onto University St for 1 mi
RIGHT onto CA-38/Lugonia Ave for 23.6 mi
RIGHT onto Jenks Lake Rd W for 0.3 mi
RIGHT onto fair dirt road to Forsee Creek Trail for 0.5 mi
ARRIVE at Forsee Creek Trailhead Parking Area

Remarks Adventure Pass required for each vehicle - available on-line or at Big 5, Sports Authority, and Ranger stations

 

SOUTH FORK MEADOWS HIKE - San Gorgonio Wilderness Area

Distance

9 miles roudtrip

Elevation Gain

1600 feet

Difficulty

Moderate

Season

May to October     Weather

Topo Map Moonridge (7.5')

Permit

San Gorgonio Wilderness Permit required (Maximum 12 campers and 8 stock per permit with different names)

Forest Service Description

South Fork 1E04 -  The South Fork Trailhead is on Jenks Lake Road, 2.5 miles from Highway 38. The trail begins at the large paved parking lot (6,900') on Jenks Lake Road East and climbs 2.5 miles where it crosses the Wilderness boundary just beyond a short side trail (NE) to a photo overlook (Poop-Out Hill, 7,740') and Wilderness information display. The trail then crosses the Wilderness boundary and continues another 1.7 miles to South Fork Meadows (8,200'). Here the trail forks: to the left (east) is Dry Lake (1.5 miles, 9,000') and to the right (west) is Dollar Lake (2 miles, 9,300').   The Dry Lake camping area (remember that camping is at least 200 feet from meadows, streams, springs, trails, and other occupied sites) is spread through two drainages. The first has only one or two good camping sites, the second, in the largest draw, has almost all the sites as well as Lodgepole Spring (about .25 mile up the trail towards Fish Creek Saddle-9,900').   One and three-tenths miles beyond Dry Lake is Trail Flats Camp (no water, 9,700'). Three-tenths mile further on is Mineshaft Saddle (9,960'), from which the hiker may choose to climb to the summit of San Gorgonio Mountain (11,499').

Links

See San Bernardino Mountain Trails Hike #46

NFS Hike Descriptions

San Gorgonio Ranger Station - 34701 Mill Creek Rd, Mentone, CA 92359 - (909) 382-2881

 

 

JOHN’S MEADOW TRAIL CAMP - San Gorgonio Wilderness Area

Operated By

San Bernardino National Forest

Lat/Lon

34.1451°,-116.925°     Google Earth     Google Maps

Elevation

7250 feet     Weather

Capacity

24 campers

Facilities

Untreated water, wilderness toilets

Activities

Fishing?

Remarks