Morton Peak Hike

San Bernardino National Forest

San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, California

Start Exploring
Morton Peak Hike

Share:

Advertisement
  • Fire lookout tower access gate at the intersection of NF-1S13 and NF-1N12.- Morton Peak Hike
  • View looking up NF-1S13/Morton Ridge Trail.- Morton Peak Hike
  • Buckwheat species along the Morton Ridge Trail en route to Morton Peak.- Morton Peak Hike
  • Morton Ridge Trail.- Morton Peak Hike
  • Our Lords candle (Hesperoyucca whipplei) and San Bernardino Peak (10,649 ft) in the distance.- Morton Peak Hike
  • View of Yucaipa from the Morton Ridge Trail.- Morton Peak Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Morton Peak Hike
  • View of Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower from the Morton Ridge Trail.- Morton Peak Hike
  • Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Morton Peak Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Morton Peak Hike
  • Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Morton Peak Hike
  • Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower.- Morton Peak Hike
  • View west to Morton Ridge and the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains from the Morton Peak summit (4,624 ft).- Morton Peak Hike
  • Dusk view of San Bernardino Peak (10,649 ft) and the Mill Creek valley.- Morton Peak Hike
  • Dusk view of San Bernardino Peak (10,649 ft) and the Mill Creek valley.- Morton Peak Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views of Inland Empire and San Bernardino Mountains. Morton Peak Lookout Tower.
Cons: 
Hike is on a dirt road. Limited parking at the access gate.
Advertisement
Region:
San Gabriel + San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,350.00 ft (411.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
California Adventure Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Biking
Total Distance: 
5.20 mi (8.37 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,260.00 ft (993.65 m)
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Hike Description

Hike Description

Pro Contributor

Morton Peak is a rewarding hike with nice views very close to Redlands and the rest of the Inland Empire cities. It follows a service road rather than a trail, but this adds convenience in options for distance and mode of travel. This hike is well worth it for the views at the top and also for the diversity of vegetation, wildflowers, and bird life along the way, which differ from the low-elevation dwellers of the valley.

For the full experience, begin at the lower parking area just off CA-38, then hike or bike up the winding road. It is possible, however, to drive the first mile of the road and park at a gate. This is at an elevation of 3,940 feet, which leaves only a 3-mile round trip hike with 680 feet of gain. The hike culminates at the Morton Peak Fire Lookout Tower, which is sometimes staffed, and you may be invited into the tower for an even better vantage point.

This spot grants an eyeful of Inland Empire and the surrounding landscape. Eastward is a picture-perfect view of Mill Creek Canyon, which frames San Bernardino Peak and the San Gorgonio Wilderness. To the north are Keller and Slide Peaks, and to the south is Mount San Jacinto.

Note: Morton Peak Lookout used to be available for overnight rentals to the public, but this is not longer offered. Call Mill Creek Ranger Station at 909.382.2882 for more information.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(25 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(43 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
6 Members
Who's Done It
1 Members
Submission by
Pro Contributor
349 Adventures Explored
235 Adventures Published
Team
1260 Adventures Explored
1258 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info