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Circle Mountain


Location: San Bernardino County, about 17 miles north of Cucamonga, 73 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS TopoTelegraph Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 740K
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 2 miles round trip on firebreak
Gain: 800'
Time: 1 1/2-2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, July 1969


(Northern approach)

  • Go east on I-10 to I-15.
  • Go north on I-15 to SR 138. Turn left (west).
  • Go west on SR 138 to the junction with SR 2. Turn left.
  • Go southwest on SR 2 to Lone Pine Canyon Road in Wrightwood. Turn left (south).
  • Go 0.3 mile to Thrush. Turn left (east).
  • Go right at the first opportunity.
  • Turn left on Lone Pine Canyon Road.
  • At about 2 miles from SR 2, the road crests and begins to go downhill. At this saddle is a dirt road on the left. Turn left.
  • Go about 100 yards to a parking area. Park here. Ample parking.

(Southern approach)

  • After exiting I-15, go west 1.2 miles on SR 138 to Lone Pine Canyon Road on the left. Turn left.
  • Take this road about 7.7 miles to where it approaches its crest.
  • Turn off on a dirt road on the right immediately east of the crest. This is the dirt road described in the Route 1 driving instructions.


  • From the parking area (6080'), hike east down into a saddle.
  • Continue east up a firebreak to the top of the hill.
  • Then turn right and hike up to the summit.

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