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
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