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21H

Gold Mountain

8235'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 2 miles north of Big Bear City, 110 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS ToposFawnskin 7½, Big Bear City 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 660K
 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: 3.4 miles round trip on road
Gain: 900'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Dick Akawie, November 1973

DRIVING ROUTE 1

(Western approach)

  • Drive east on I-10 to I-215.
  • Drive north on I-215 to SR 210.
  • Drive east on SR 210 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.
  • Continue east on SR 38 for 2.0 miles to Polique Canyon Road (Holcomb Valley turnoff). Turn left (north). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.5 miles, fork with 2N71 to the left. Go straight (north) on 2N09.
  • At 2.0 miles, a gated road on the right.
  • At 3.9 miles, junction with 3N16. Turn right (east).
  • At 4.3 miles, fork. This is the turnoff for Arctic Point. Keep straight on 3N16.
  • At 4.8 miles, fork. Keep left.
  • At 8.7 miles, fork with 3N69 on the right. Park here. Parking is limited.

(Eastern approach)

  • Drive east on I-10 to I-215.
  • Drive north on I-215 to SR 210.
  • Drive east on SR 210 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.
  • Continue east on SR 38 for 6.5 miles to the junction of SR 38 and SR 18, north of Big Bear City. Continue east on SR 18.
  • Continue 3.6 miles to a fork on the left with 3N16. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.0 mile, county dump. Keep left (west) on 3N16.
  • At 1.8 miles, the Doble Mine.
  • At 2.4 miles, Jacoby Canyon Road 3N69 to the left (south). Park here. Parking is limited.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (7330'), hike south up 3N69 to the top of a ridge.
  • Continue on the road as it runs along the ridge (west), then turns right (northwest) and starts definitely downhill.
  • Leave the road and hike southeast along the rocky ridge about 500' to the summit.

NOTE

4WD vehicles can drive within 0.1 mile of the summit.


HISTORICAL NOTES

Lucky Baldwin's Gold Mountain (Doble) Mine (abandoned 1951) is located on the northeast side of the mountain.

History of Summit Signature

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Please report any corrections or changes to the Mountain Records Chair.


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