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21C

Grays Peak

7920'+

Location: San Bernardino County, about 1 1/2 miles west of Fawnskin, 100 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS TopoFawnskin 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)

Nearby Peaks: Crafts Peak, Butler Peak (LO), Little Bear Peak, Delamar Mountain


Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 6 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 1200'
Time: 2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Carleton Shay, July 1996

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 the Grays Peak trailhead parking lot on the left across from the Grout Bay Picnic area just before the town of Fawnskin. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6760'), hike up the trail as it goes parallel to the highway for a while and then heads west and joins and follows old roads shown on the topo.
  • It then becomes trail again. It crosses our ducked Route 2 in three places, and approaches the final peak from the east, not continuing all the way to the summit but rather to a viewpoint.
  • Leave the trail and continue cross-country up to the summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The trailhead for Route 1 is closed to all public use from November 1st to April 1st of each year. This closure is being implemented to protect the breeding grounds of endangered birds. The parking area is sometimes closed, even after the eagle closure has been lifted.


Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 5 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 1100'
Time: 2 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Moderate

Original: John Backus, January 1980

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, locked gate at fork with 2N13 to the left and 3N14 to the right. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • Pass through the gate and continue on 2N13 for 1.4 miles to junction with 2N70 on the left.
  • Cross the creek bed and follow the ducked route up the slope to where you cross a trail.
  • Turn right and follow the trail almost to its end.
  • Grays will be to your left, about 100 meters. Follow the use trail to the top.

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, aa additional 1.2 mile /100 ft gain road hike is required (one way).

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

There are many ducked routes in this area. Pay special attention to your route going up as this will make the return trip much easier.


NOTES

This peak is in fairly open country and can be climbed from many different directions.

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