The highest peak in Southern California, specifically between the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Mexican border. Also known as "Old Greyback", and located in the San Gorgonio Wilderness which is a part of the San Bernardino National Forest. Ranked 7th among the most topographically prominent peaks in the contiguous 48 states of the US (8,294'). The most technical climbing is found on the North face and can best be approached via Dry Lake. Numerous campgrounds are located around the mountain both at trailheads and in the backcountry. Permits are required for all hiking in the San Gorgonio Wilderness and can be obtained at no cost from the Mill Creek Ranger Station (34701 Mill Creek rd, Mentone, CA 92359). In addition, an Adventure Pass is required to be posted in your vehicle when parking in the San Bernardino National Forest. www.sgwa.org/
All trailheads are accessed by CA SR38 either from Redlands or Big Bear, and include: Vivian Creek trail (6,080') 7.8 miles Momyer Creek trail (5,440') 13.3 miles Fish Creek trail (8,080') 9.7 miles Aspen Grove trail (7,410') 11.1 miles Lost Creek trail (6,320') 14.8 miles South Fork trail (6,880') 12.8 miles Forsee Creek trail (6,800') 14.7 miles San Bernardino Peak trail (5,960') 18.3 miles
On 7-8-2014: Hiked Old Greyback via Vivian Creek trail head. Very nice hike, I recommend it. Trail is good generally. We found easily gotten water at Vivian Creek camping spot about 1200 feet up, where the trail crossed the small stream. More importantly, we found easily gotten water near High Creek about half-way up the mountain where trail crosses stream at about 9200 feet; however, this tiny stream might go dry later in the summer. Note that the last two years have been very dry in this area. About 67 degrees at trail head at 7 AM.
This is a unique peak, as it is the 7th biggest (official prominence) mountain in the Lower 48 and you look across at the 6th biggest mountain in the Lower 48, San Jacinto, with a 10,000-foot deep 'valley' in-between. You can't do this anywhere else in the 48 States except White Mtn looking across to the California High Sierra. More impressive to me than the Grand Canyon and the Snake River Canyon. I have seen all those sights.