A few pics from a hike to San Bernardino Peak - July 1, 2006

California State University, Fresno has an excellent Geomatics Engineering program that is highly recommended if: You are skilled in Mathematics, have a healthy fascination with maps, computers and plan on a career that could make the great outdoors your office! It was attending a course in the Public Lands that inspired this hike. Mount Diablo was a long drive to be done another day, so we decided to hike this place - Southern California's initial point!
The map above shows the three points hiked to. The first was the historical initial point. Points 2 and 3 are the initial points for The Public Land Survey System to the south and north of the Base Line, respectively. To the right is a map of the trailhead in Angelus Oaks, north of Redlands. We stopped at the local store to buy a cold drink and visit for a while before getting started. You can use this interactive map to view the trail and roads in the vicinity.
To the left is the historical marker set on top of Mount San Bernardino by Colonel Henry Washington in 1852. The hike was rigorous, climbing 4,000 feet in elevation in about seven miles from the trailhead.
Plaque donated by the Mount Diablo Historical Society and others. Please note the article by Michael A. Duffy giving a detailed history of this and the other two initial points on this peak. Clicking on the picture to the right will take you to a much higher resolution view of the plaque.
To the left are a few of the monuments left behind. It looks like a few land surveyors might have passed by here.
Two other Initial Points were found by pacing. Hiking to this and the other marker shown below was probably not a very good idea. The slope was very steep with a lot of loose rocks. Don't do it. However, since these pictures were shot before common sense got the better of us, here they are. To the left is the point common to Sec. 36, T1N R1W, Sec. 1, T1S R1W, and Sec. 6, T1S R1E. This marks the Principal Meridian that goes south to the Mexican border.
Point common to Sec. 36, T1N R1W, Sec. 31, T1N R1E, and Sec. 6, T1S R1E. This marks the Principal Meridian that goes north to the Nevada state line.

Well, that's all I have for now. If anyone would like to begin learning about Section Lines in the United States Public Lands Survey System, the Bureau of Land Management has a very entertaining video. If you are really serious about furthering an education in Surveying, visit California State University, Fresno's Geomatics Engineering web page. The California Land Surveyors Association has a larger list of California colleges with Surveying programs .