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Location: San Bernardino County, about 41 miles northeast of San Bernardino, 143 miles from Los Angeles
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|USGS Topos||Rattlesnake Canyon 7½, Bighorn Canyon 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Meeks Mountain
- Distance: 7 miles round trip on road and cross-country
- Gain: 2700' total, 2500' out plus 200' on return
- Time: 5-6 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, moderate
- Navigation: Moderate
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: Brent Washburne, August 1989
DRIVING ROUTE 3
- Take I-10 east through Banning to SR 62.
- Go north and east on SR 62 to SR 247 in Yucca Valley. Turn left
(north) on SR 247.
- Drive 23.6 miles to Big Horn Road (dirt) on the left. Turn left. Note
your odometer and go as follows:
- At 2.0 miles, intersection. Turn right on Cholla.
- At 2.1 miles, fork left (south). Turn left.
- Drive 1 mile to the end of drivable road near the mouth of Bighorn
- Take I-15 north through Cajon Pass and proceed beyond the Hesperia
exit to Bear Valley Road.
- Head east (right) on Bear Valley Road and continue 13 miles to its
end at SR 18.
- Continue east 11 miles on SR 18 to Lucerne Valley, meeting a junction
where SR 18 heads south.
- Continue straight (east) at this junction. At this point the highway
becomes SR 247, Old Woman Springs Road.
- Proceed east 21 miles to a sparse subdivision, meeting first Pony
Road and then Big Horn Road (dirt). Turn right on Big Horn Road. Note
your odometer and proceed as in the drive from Yucca Valley.
HIKING ROUTE 3
- From the parking area (3600'), enter Bighorn Canyon and proceed
upstream for less than a mile to an unmistakable mine opening
to the right immediately next to the
streambed. The canyon forks 0.1 mile
past this mine.
- Proceed up the steep ridge between the two forks,
ascending 1700' to a broad plateau that leads to bump 5641'.
cresting, head west across first a saddle and then up and over a small
rocky ridge. Follow a series of dramatic rock outcrops on their left
(west) side to the summit plateau.
- Continue hiking into the summit plateau
until the jeep road of Route 1 is encountered. Turn right and follow this
road to the register, which is not found on the highest bump in the area,
but on the top of a rocky outcrop at the northwest corner of the plateau,
about 40' to the left (west) of the road. Just beyond this spot the
road drops down to an obvious vista point with an impressive view of the