Shields Peak

Shields Peak is located in the San Gorgonio Wilderness at the western end of the San Bernardino Mountains. It is the fourth peak of nine in the popular San Bernardino Mountain Traverse. The traverse, the largest subalpine wilderness area south of the Sierra Nevada is typically completed in a multi-day backpacking trip. Many of the peaks can also be accessed via day hikes.

Shields is located near the midpoint of the high country traverse. It requires a brief off trail approach and easy class 2 talus scramble over a short ridge before you reach the summit. On a clear day views are exceptional with the north side of San Gorgonio Peak to the southeast and Big Bear Lake to the north. Many other prominent peaks are also visible including Jepson and Anderson. Other than summer, the western end of the traverse is less traveled so you have a greater sense of remoteness and solitude.

Surveyor Don McLain named the peak after Lelia Shields the 1920's manager of Camp Radford.

Elevation (feet): 10,680
Elevation (meters): 3,255
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Central and Southern California Ranges
State: California
Latitude: 34.127082
Longitude: -116.881742
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: Ontario
Convenient Center: Mentone

Thanks to kcarchitect for adding this peak.

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