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Location: San Bernardino County, about 9 miles northwest of Morongo Valley, 102 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Los Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Onyx Peak 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Viewable JPG file - Approximately 985K|
| ||GPX file or Google Earth KML file to
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| ||Routes as shown on
CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)|
Printable version of this route
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 7 miles round trip on road and cross-country
- Gain: 1800' total, 900' out plus 900' on return
- Time: 3-4 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Moderate
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, May 1973
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR 38).
- Go one block east, then go north (left) 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue.
Turn right on SR 38 (east).
- Continue east on SR 38 about 33 miles to 1N02, the road
to Heart Bar Campground, on the right. Turn right. Note your odometer
and go as follows:
- At 1.2 miles, fork. Go left (east) on 1N02 at sign "Coon
- At 1.5 miles, fork. Go left (east) on 1N02.
- At 5.4 miles, locked gate. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (8060'), go left around the gate through a break
in the fence and hike east up the dirt road, past a cabin. After about 0.7
mile the road forks.
- Take the right fork (shown as a jeep road on the
topo) and follow it around the north side of elevation 8369' into a
saddle. Continue to the end of the road at about 8250'.
- Then continue
cross-country to elevation 8350'. From here go east down the ridge,
keeping generally on the north side to avoid brush, to the saddle at
7880'+, between elevation 8350' and elevation 8100'.
- Hike up to the HPS
summit on elevation 8100'.
In 1969, elevation 7632' was designated as the HPS summit, and the
hiking route was via Big Morongo Canyon. Though not the high point of the
ridge, that summit did have a fine view out over the desert to the east.
Problems with private property owners in Big Morongo Canyon led the HPS in 1983 to
designate elevation 8080'+, a high point along the ridge, as the official
summit. Private property postings in 2001 caused the HPS summit to be
moved about 0.8 mile to the west to elevation 8100'.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.