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Panorama Point, Redlands, California

3 panoramas; photographed on December 31, 2012

2 panoramas; photographed on May 12, 2013

 

Panorama Point is a scenic overlook located in Redlands, California. The snow covered peaks in the initial view form the backbone of the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

You can use the navigation buttons in the lower left corner of the panorama window above to look to the left and right, up and down, and to zoom in and out. If you prefer, you can also look around by moving the mouse with the left button held down, and you can use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in and out. When you are ready, click on one of the hot links to move to an adjacent panorama. If you have trouble finding the hot links, the “Guide” button can be used to reveal them. For the best visual experience, click on the “Full Screen” button. 

The most prominent peak (from this perspective) is San Bernardino Peak (10,653 feet). To the right and almost hidden by the foreground ridge, is Mt San Gorgonio (“Old Greyback”), the highest peak in Southern California (11,503 feet). Panning to the left reveals the long expanse of the San Bernardino Mountains. The low point just before the more distant snow covered peaks to the left is the Cajon Pass. Panning to the right from San Bernardino Peak reveals, in the distance, the San Gorgonio Pass, flanked by massive Mount San Jacinto (10,834 feet). Running through the two passes and along the foot of the mountains is the notorious San Andreas fault. It’s interesting to note that Mount San Jacinto and the distant snow covered peaks to the far left are on a different tectonic plate than the neighboring peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains. Also of note is the huge Seven Oaks dam, which can be seen across the valley and which sits pretty nearly on top of the fault line.

The “time/date” hot links can be used to shift between the December and May panoramas. The initial views they present reflect Southern California’s two seasons, namely “green” and “brown”. It’s interesting to see the contrasts between the two. When looking around the May panoramas, you’ll quickly notice the signs of the early-season brush fire which roared up to the very edge of the lookout point on May 3rd, 2013. Fortunately, stone doesn’t burn and the brush will renew itself with the next rains.

The Panorama Point overlook was built by Redlands stone masons Luther W. Gist and Eligio Benzor back in the 1930s. More about the overlook’s creation can be found at these links:

http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino-county/san-bernardino-county-headlines-index/20120824-redlands-builder-of-panorama-point-remembered.ece

http://www.redlandsdailyfacts.com/news/ci_22124858/status-redlands-conservancys-panorama-point-project

More information on the area can be found through the following links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Bernardino_Mountains

http://www.sgwa.org/history.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Gorgonio_Mountain

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