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Wildhorse Meadows to Sugarloaf Mountain

Wildhorse Meadows to Sugarloaf Mountain

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Wildhorse Meadows to Sugarloaf Mountain

Page Type: Trail

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.19800°N / 116.814°W

County: San Bernardino

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Hard

Layout: Out & Back

Elevation Gain: 1600 ft / 488 m

Length: 6.0 Mi / 9.7 Km

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Created/Edited: Oct 14, 2007 / Oct 18, 2007

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain is the highest point in the Big Bear Lake area and the highest legal biking peak in the San Bernardino Mountains. There are rich stands of Sierra Juniper and Limber Pine along this route. The route starts in Wildhorse Meadows which is a beautiful rare and protected alpine meadow right in Southern California. This route is the shortest route to the summit. The route could also be combined with the route to Lightning Gulch Point which would make for a amazing high elevation jaunt.

Trail Description

From the parking area find the remains of a dirt road which starts south of the gated dirt road through a gap in the fence. Ride west up this abandoned road along the ridge and down into a saddle with a sign "Sugarloaf Trail" at a trail junction (8972'). Continue on the west on the faint road which eventually becomes a trail. Follow the trail west along the ridge, down into a saddle and then up to the summit where you will find a few summit signs. There will be periodic sections that you will want to hike-a-bike especially higher up.

Getting There

Parking area

Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR 38). Go one block east, then go north 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue. Turn right on SR 38 and head towards the mountains. Continue east on SR 38 about 33 miles to 1N02, the road to Heart Bar Campground, on the right, keep going straight. Go another 2.2 miles on SR 38 to a dirt road, 2N93, on the left. Turn left and follow 2N93 (dirt, high clearance 2W okay) for 6.0 miles to Wildhorse Meadows at a saddle where there is a gated dirt road on the left and a shot up abandoned car on the right next to logs. Park just before this fork near the logs. As far as is signed you do not need a Adventure Pass to park on this saddle.

When to Bike & External Links

Sugarloaf Mountain should only be ridden in snowfree conditions.

Go to San Bernardino National Forest for current conditions.

You will need a Adventure Pass for parking at the turnout.

Check Weather Underground for a current forecast.


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