Angelus Oaks

Angelus Oaks

Angelus Oaks- One of the sweetest areas in our local San Bernardino Mountains is Angelus Oaks, nestled along the slopes of San Bernardino Peak. Angelus Oaks is considered the Gem of Scenic Highway 38, offering a gateway to all the recreational activities the Forest has to offer: Hiking, fishing, mountain and road biking, camping, snow play and an escape from the smog and congestion from below. Only 20 minutes from Redlands and Yucaipa, Angelus Oaks is home to over 500 full-time residents.

There are two Lodges for rest and relaxation: The Whispering Pines Cabins and Art Gallery, owned by artist Nino Gonzalez and The Lodge at Angelus Oaks, operated by Sunny and Charles Morley.

When you’re famished from your walk on the many hiking trails, you can have a nice breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Oaks Restaurant. The Oaks is owned and operated by Tom and Kathy Berens and family. Home cooking, great breakfasts and tasty entrees are on the menu.

Did you forget anything on your mountain adventure? Not to worry, The Country Store, owned by Garry Vibert, has everything you need, from food and beverages, to first aid and automotive supplies. The Country Store also has gas pumps if you forgot to fill up before you left home.

The Seven Oaks Resort, which is just down the road on the Santa Ana River, is a great place to camp right on the water, and do some great trout fishing. The Fink Family has owned the Resort for years, and they have a small store on the premises, plus a rustic bar and restaurant for your dining pleasure. It’s a special watering hole for the locals and visitors alike. Melissa Fink’s burgers are a legend.

The San Gorgonio Wilderness Area is a special nature reserve located below Mt. San Gorgonio. Fondly called “Old Greyback”, San Gorgonio is the highest peak in Southern California at 11,499 feet above sea level. This pristine Wilderness area of more than 58,969 acres features two small lakes, meadows, streams, 100 miles of trails, and densely forested northern slopes and rugged terrain. Wilderness Permits are required to camp or hike here. You can get all the information at the website www.sgwa.org.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department has a brand new Fire Station in Angelus Oaks. Station 98 is manned by paid volunteers that respond 365 days a year to medical calls, traffic accidents, and of course to fires. The Fire Station features a nice Community Room for all sorts of events in town and is the center for our community to gather and celebrate that we actually live here.

The Mountains are calling and you must go.

Story by Angelus Oak’s very own Susan Lenti