Trail Name: Heart Bar Peak
Forest Service Designation: 1N38
Total Distance: 3.2 miles one way
Overview: Steep climb up a trail to a peak with views of San Gorgonio and Sugarloaf Peak.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Activities: Hiking, biking, horseback riding.
Trail Type: 4×4 trail.
Description: Hidden off the side of Highway 38 is a short and steep trail that takes you to a peak with new views of San Gorgonio and Sugarloaf Peak. Start at the bottom and head on up, going past a couple rough sections and switchbacks. The elevation comes quickly and shortly the highway is far beneath you. About 2 miles in you come across a sharp left hand turn and a fantastic view of San Gorgonio in the distance; this is where it gets confusing. All maps and guides show that the trail continues to the right here, up along a tree covered ridgeline to the top of Heart Bar Peak. There is an old road here, and you can pick out the remnants of it as you pick through the fallen trees and ironwood to scramble to the top of the official Heart Bar Peak, 1N38 trail. However, the obvious and main 4×4 trail, that does not exist on any map or guide, goes to the left here and up another extremely steep and loose 1 mile to the top of unnamed peak 8868. Be careful here, as you may find yourself at the top of a mountain looking back down upon Heart Bar Peak without realizing it.
Possible Loops / Variations: Consider going both to the top of Heart Bar Peak as well as unnamed 8868. They are both worth the effort and time.
Trailhead and Parking: 1N38 is signed on the south side of Highway 38 at mile marker 35.12. Pull down the dirt road a bit until you find a good spot to park.
Trail Etiquette: Always be courteous to other trail users. All users yield to equestrians, with cyclists also yielding to hikers. Travel only at safe speeds, and stay on designated trails to protect our fragile mountain environment.
For Your Safety: Notify someone of your planned route and estimated time of return. Outdoor activities can be dangerous; use caution at all times and be prepared with water, food, and adequate equipment and knowledge. The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation provides this description as a courtesy, and does not guarantee the accuracy of the information. You accept all responsibility for your outdoor activities.