There are great views of Mount San Gorgonio as you travel through Wild Horse Canyon to HWY 38.
You can take a short trip from Sand Canyon in Moonridge, across the front of Sugarloaf, and exit at Hatchery Road (30 minutes). Or, you can continue on through Wild Horse Canyon and exit on State Highway 38 (another hour and a half).
Using the Google Map above, enter the National Forest through Sand Canyon. We’ve started many hikes from here and gone up to the top of Bear Mountain’s ridge.
There is a trailhead near the Sugarloaf area. We were also surprised by a seasonal stream that helps to keep the area green.
The Springtime is the best for this trip. The was an incredible abundance of wild flowers. The image below is a close up of Indian Paintbrush. This flower is found throughout the Valley in the Spring.
If you continue through wild horse canyon, you will encounter several panoramic views. Several turnouts show the entire valley, from the lake to the high desert. As you continue, the best view is the one of San Gorgonio. The view encompasses Mount San Gorgonio, and the Angeles Oaks area.
The is a yellow post camp site in the area, if you want to stay and explore. We like to go to Yellow Post Campsite #54 and picnic and hike for the day.