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20D

White Mountain #1

7727'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 7 miles northwest of Fawnskin, 106 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS TopoButler Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 1 meg
 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

ROUTE 1

Distance: 6 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 1000'
Time: 2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz and Al Campbell, November 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive east on I-10 to SR 210.
  • Drive north on SR 210 (signed "West") to SR 330.
  • Drive north on SR 330 to SR 18 at the town of Running Springs.
  • Drive east on SR 18 to the dam at Big Bear Lake. Turn left on SR 38.
  • Drive on SR 38 to Fawnskin. Turn left (northwest) on 3N14 (Rim of the World Drive, becomes Coxey Road). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.3 miles, fork with 2N13 to the left and 3N14 to the right. Keep right.
  • At 1.8 miles, fork with Holcomb Valley Road to the right. Keep left.
  • At 2.0 miles, Hanna Flat with 2N68 to the left. Go right.
  • At 4.4 miles, stream crossing (Holcomb Creek) and junction with 3N93 to the left and 3N08 to the right. Go straight (Coxey Road).
  • At 6.0 miles, fork with 3N97 to the left. Go right.
  • At 6.9 miles, junction with 3N16 at Big Pine Flat. Big Pine Flat may also be reached from the southwest using the Green Valley Lake Road (3N16). This is the turnoff for Hawes Peak, Ingham Peak, Shay Mountain, Little Shay Mountain, and Deer Mountain.
  • Turn right on 3N16 (before the Big Pine Flat Family Campground). The road to this point is normally accessible to low clearance vehicles.
  • Drive 50 yards to gate for 3N11 and turn left.
  • Drive 0.2 miles on 3N11 to fork with 3N92 on your left.
  • Turn left and drive 0.2 mile to where road ends at a T-junction and ATV trail. Parking available for one or two vehicles.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area, go left (west) on the ATV trail (signed in 2020 "only ATV and motorcycle"), about 0.1 mile to a gully on your right.
  • Follow gully up to the ridge. From time to time, you will see an old road bed going up this gully.
  • On the ridge, turn right, following an old road bed towards South Peak (7736').
  • Just before South Peak, a dirt road comes in from the right. Turn left on this road and follow it to the peak.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 4 miles round trip on road
Gain: 1700'
Time: 1½ hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Wayne Bannister, May 2012

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Drive east on I-10 and north on I-15 to the Hesperia turnoff.
  • Go east on Main Street in Hesperia for 7.2 miles to the "Y" junction of Rock Springs Road (on the left) and Arrowhead Lake Road (the main road continuing on the right). Turn left (east) on Rock Springs Road. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 2.9 miles, Kiowa Way on the left. Continue straight as Rock Springs Road becomes Roundup Way.
  • At 5.9 miles, pavement ends. Continue east.
  • At 7.3 miles, intersection with the Bowen Ranch Road. Turn right (south).
  • At 8.2 miles, fork. Keep left.
  • At 9.4 miles, junction with Coxey Truck Trail (3N14), turn left. This is the turnoff for Round Mountain and one of the Luna Mountain routes. Note your odometer again and go as follows:
  • Drive 4.4 miles, pass through a gate.
  • At 7.3 miles turn left at 4N16.
  • Drive 2.3 miles past the Horse Spring junction and turn right on 3N17.
  • Continue for 1.1 miles veering right at each junction and park.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (6050'), hike southeast up the jeep trail for 2 miles to a ridge.
  • Go northeast from the ridge for a quarter mile to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

Distance: 4.2 miles round trip on road
Gain: 900'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: David Harris, June 2020

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • Drive east on I-10 to SR 210.
  • Drive north on SR 210 (signed "West") to SR 330.
  • Drive north on SR 330 to SR 18 at the town of Running Springs.
  • Drive east on SR 18 to the dam at Big Bear Lake. Turn left on SR 38.
  • Drive on SR 38 to Fawnskin. Turn left (northwest) on 3N14 (Rim of the World Drive, becomes Coxey Road). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.3 miles, fork with 2N13 to the left and 3N14 to the right. Keep right.
  • At 1.8 miles, fork with Holcomb Valley Road to the right. Keep left.
  • At 2.0 miles, Hanna Flat with 2N68 to the left. Go right.
  • At 4.4 miles, stream crossing (Holcomb Creek) and junction with 3N93 to the left and 3N08 to the right. Go straight (Coxey Road).
  • At 6.0 miles, fork with 3N97 to the left. Go right.
  • At 6.9 miles, junction with 3N16 at Big Pine Flat. Big Pine Flat may also be reached from the southwest using the Green Valley Lake Road (3N16). This is the turnoff for Hawes Peak, Ingham Peak, Shay Mountain, Little Shay Mountain, and Deer Mountain.
  • Turn right on 3N16 (before the Big Pine Flat Family Campground). The road to this point is normally accessible to low clearance vehicles.
  • Drive 50 yards to gate for 3N11 and turn left.
  • Drive 0.2 miles on 3N11 to fork with 3N92 on your left. This is the turnoff to Route 1.
  • Stay right on 3N11 and continue 1.3 miles to a parking area on a saddle. The road requires high clearance and the last 0.2 mile requires 4WD.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • Follow the dirt road (3N17) west toward South Peak (1 mile) then north to White Mountain.

Note: If conditions permit, you may be able to drive some or all of the way up this road to the summit.


SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The dirt roads are seasonal.

NOTES

South Peak is easy to climb and is very close to the road.

The white rock in the area is marble, a metamorphosed limestone, which is used for manufacturing Portland cement.

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