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Location: San Bernardino County, about 11 miles northwest of Yucca Valley, 135 miles from Los Angeles
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|USGS Topo||Rimrock 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Chaparrosa Peak,
- Distance: 4 miles round trip cross-country
- Gain: 1400' total, 960' out plus 440' on return
- Time: 3 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, easy
- Navigation: Difficult
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
- Driving: Requires a high clearance vehicle
Original: Byron Prinzmetal, February 2002
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- From Big Bear City, drive northeast on SR 18 about 6 miles to
3N03 (dirt) on the right. Turn right. Note your odometer and go as
- At 1.3 miles, fork 3N07Y to the right. Keep straight.
- At 3.3 miles and 3.6 miles, forks on the left to Smarts Ranch. Keep
- At 5.0 miles, you cross Arrastre Creek.
- At 5.1 miles, fork. Go left.
- At 5.2 miles, fork to the left. This is the turnoff for
Granite Peaks. Keep straight on 3N03.
- At 7.3 miles, fork in a saddle. 2N02 comes in from the west and
becomes the main road going straight ahead (southeast). Keep straight on
- At 7.7 miles, fork to the left (north) 2N90. This is the turnoff for
Tip Top Mountain. Keep straight.
- At 9.3, parking area on the right. This is the parking spot for
Mineral Mountain. Continue.
- At 13.2 miles, junction with a sign "Yucca Valley Rimrock -->".
- At 13.5 miles, fork. Go left.
- At 14.5 miles, fork. Turn north. This is the common point for all
- From the common point, drive north about 0.7 mile. There is a
road junction here.
- Go straight about 50 meters. You will see a large clearing on your
left (west.) Park here.
- Take I-10 east through Banning to SR 62.
- Go north and east on SR 62 to Pioneertown Road in Yucca Valley.
Turn left (north). This is about 19.5 miles from the intersection
of SR 62 and I-10.
- Go 7.4 miles to the intersection with Pipes Canyon Road and Rimrock
Road. This is the turnoff for Chaparrosa Peak.
Keep straight on Rimrock.
- Continue north 1.4 miles to Burns Canyon Road. Turn left.
- Go 0.9 mile through Rimrock to where the road turns to dirt.
- Continue up Burns Canyon 4.5 miles to a fork. This is the common
point described in the west approach instructions. Continue as described
HIKING ROUTE 2
- From the parking area, hike east for about a mile generally following a
small ridgeline, through some gullies, until you see a shallow saddle on the
north side of and at the base of bump 5990'. Please note your way for the
return as it is easy to miss your car on the return.
- Hike through this saddle and then follow the gully east until you reach
a major saddle at the ridge line. This saddle is directly north of the
bump that is directly east of bump 5990' (and about 1/4 mile south of
bump 6042'.) From this saddle you can see Black Mountain to the east.
- From this saddle, hike east down the gully until it intersects the
gully that runs north-south just west of the peak. Look for the gully
intersection on your left side (north). It is easy to miss where the two
gullies run together.
- From this point leave both gullies and hike about 1/4 mile to the