Hiking on North Side of the San Bernardino Mountains
On Labor Day weekend I went hiking on the north side of the San Bernardino Mountains, which faces Hesperia and Victorville. This part of the mountain is covered with chaparral, and thus looks a bit more high desert in appearance, but there are sporadic evergreen and oak trees growing here and there. Southern California is experiencing a severe drought, so the chaparral and vegetation were especially dry when I went for my hike. Surprisingly, some of the yellow Senecio douglasii and California buckwheat flowers were still in partial bloom in early September, which goes to show how resilient plants can be.
The view of Hesperia can be spotted while walking on the north side of the San Bernardino Mountains. I walked down this old dirt road, and the cerulean blue sky was amazing with the view of the chaparral hills.
Map of The San Bernardino Mountains
The San Bernardino Mountains are about eighty miles east of Los Angeles. The map above can help you plan your driving trip, and even map out transit routes.
Have you ever hiked in the San Bernardino Mountains?
At the beginning of the hike, I decided to walk down an old dirt road that is no longer in use. It was a scary road to drive on, but I always enjoyed walking up and down this stretch. The views were amazing with the periwinkle blue sky and fluffy clouds in contrast to the chaparral foliage on the hills.
The sky was a striking cerulean blue color with magnificent white clouds in the sky. This made for the optimal hiking and visual experience.
Going through the pictures I was awe struck by this image of the large boulder with California buckwheat flowers growing at its base. The mountains with blue sky and clouds in the background were the icing on the cake. Yes, those clouds look like a yummy vegan frosting I have made for cakes before.
Hiking down this trail was easy because it was not steep at all. Trails like these are great for short hikes with people who cannot handle strenuous inclines. I enjoy more arduous hikes, but in all honesty, I like to go for long hikes that are not too taxing, which allows me to take pictures and enjoy nature.