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21A

Crafts Peak

8364'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 6 miles west of the town of Big Bear Lake, 87 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS ToposButler Peak 7½, Keller Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable PDF file - Approximately 2.2 megs
 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

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 4 miles round trip on firebreak, road, and trail
Gain: 1300'
Time: 2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Moderate

Original: John Backus, January 1980

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 entrance of Snow Valley and 1.8 miles farther to Lake View Point Saddle. Park on the left (west). Do not park on the fire road next to the parking area.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (7117'), climb north up the firebreak, past a radio tower.
  • At about 7700', the firebreak goes along the left side of the ridge, then swings around to the right and heads toward the top of elevation 7840'+.
  • Go to the top of this bump, then drop down into the saddle north of it.
  • Continue up the firebreak to 8000'+, where a jeep road comes in from the left at a triangular metal sign "U16".
  • Follow this road down into a second saddle, then around to the left for about 200 yards to where it meets another road coming up from below.
  • Turn right and follow this road up past elevation 8095', down across a small valley, and up toward the rocky summit of Crafts.
  • Where the summit comes into view, the road forks at a 7 foot high boulder with a duck on top.
  • Turn left at the fork and follow the road over a ridge and up to a second ridge north of the summit.
  • From there follow a ducked trail south up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 2 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 1000'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Carleton Shay

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • 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. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.3 miles, fork with 2N13 to the left and 3N14 to the right. Go left.
  • At 2.4 miles, fork with 2N70 on the left. This is the turnoff for Grays Peak. Keep right.
  • At 3.9 miles, fork. This is the turnoff for Butler Peak (LO). Keep right.
  • Continue about 4 miles farther to the saddle just southeast of West Point. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (7360'), hike southeast on an old road to where it disappears.
  • Hike southeast up the slope keeping left to avoid brush, to the summit plateau, meeting a road just north of the peak in a saddle.
  • From there follow a ducked trail south up to the summit.

Note: Route 2 has been gated and locked at the intersection of 2N13 / 3N14 for a number of years following a fire in the area, and if the gate is locked, an additional 8 mile road hike is required (one way).


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