Photographs from the Photography on the Run post: An Out-of-the-Way Trail, Two Peaks, a Wheelbarrow and Washington's Monument
There are many sugar pines along the John's Meadow Trail and most of them were heavily laden with pine cones -- courtesy of the wet 2018-19 rain season.
Sugar pines produce the longest cones of any conifer.
The wet rain season was also good for elderberries!
Forsee Creek from the John's Meadow Trail. The trail crosses the creek at an elevation of about 7270'.
Forsee Creek flows through the prominent canyon on the left of the photo. One of the creek's sources is Trail Fork Springs. During the last ice age the canyon held one of San Gorgonio's small glaciers.
Google Earth image of Dibblee San Gorgonio Mountain Geologic Map with my GPS track of the John's Meadow Trail - Forsee Creek Trail Loop added. Areas of glacial till are buff-colored and labeled Qgt.
East San Bernardino Peak (10,691') - one of the peaks on the loop - from the John's Meadow Trail. Elevation at this point of the trail is about 7500'.
Quartz monzonite porphyry with large feldspar crystals along the John's Meadow Trail.
The extension of the John's Meadow Trail meets the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail at "wheelbarrow" junction. Elevation is about 8300'.
Keller Peak, Slide Peak, Bear Canyon, and the Rim of the World Highway from an elevation of 8930' on the Divide Trail. Bear Canyon is crossed by ultrarunners circuiting Big Bear Lake during the Kodiak 100 Mile run.
Working up the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail below Limber Pine Bench. The slopes along this section of trail are covered with bush chinquapin.
A weather-beaten pine on Limber Pine Bench. Based on the photo and small cones on the ground, this looks like it is a lodgepole pine. The elevation is about 9340'.
View along the range from Limber Pine Bench to Cajon Pass and the Mt. Baldy area peaks.
Hiker on the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail below Limber Pine Bench. From Limber Pine Bench it's about 2.3 miles to San Bernardino Peak, with an elevation gain of about 1300'.
Established in 1852, the Washington Monument Initial Point was the first of three monuments on the west ridge of San Bernardino Peak that have been used to survey Southern California. For more info see Three Monuments, One Initial Point and San Bernardino Meridian.
The summit of San Bernardino Peak (10,649').
San Gorgonio Mountain (11,499') and San Jacinto Peak (10,839') from East San Bernardino Peak (10,691'). San Gorgonio is left of center in the photo and San Jacinto is in the distance just right of center.
View from the Forsee Creek Trail across the canyon of the West Fork Barton Creek to an area of the San Gorgonio Wilderness burned in the 2015 Lake Fire. Sugarloaf Mountain (9952') is in the distance. Elevation at this point is about 10,160'.
A Google Earth image of my GPS track of the John's Meadow Trail - Forsee Creek Trail Loop showing where the Forsee Creek Trail enters the area burned in the 2015 Lake Fire.
Hikers at about 9500' on Forsee Creek Trail. The peak in the background is East San Bernardino Peak, but the summit is hidden from view.
A short section of the Forsee Creek Trail that was burned in the 2015 Lake Fire. Elevation is about 9040'.
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