- The San Gorgonio Wilderness encompasses 37,980 acres and is a part of the eastern slope of the San Bernardino Mountains. With an elevation range from 2,300 to 5,500 feet, the topography in this area rapidly changes from low rolling foothills and canyons to steep, rugged mountains. Because of this elevation gradient, the wilderness reflects a unique transition from desert to mountain environments with different types of vegetation representing each elevation. Creosote bush scrub, succulents and a variety of cacti can be found in the lowland area. Chamise and buckthornes can be found in the chaparral area. Junipers and Douglas fir can be found in higher elevations. Bighorn sheep, bear, mule, deer, mountain lion, fox, raptors, and bobcats inhabit these areas.
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