USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: San Bernardino County, about 9 miles northeast of Yucaipa, 81 miles from Los Angeles
Nearby Peaks: Birch Mountain, Cedar Mountain, Wilshire Peak, Wilshire Mountain
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 4 miles round trip cross-country
- Gain: 3100'
- Time: 6 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, strenuous
- Navigation: Very difficult
Original: Charlie Knapke, June 1991
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).
- Go about 13.0 miles to the Valley of the Falls Road on the right. Turn right.
- Drive up the Valley of the Falls Road for 5 miles to the parking
lot at the end of the road.
HIKING ROUTE 1
Warning: This route in some places is steeper than the angle of repose
and can be very dangerous if one does not mitigate rock fall danger.
- From the parking lot (6080'), hike east up the road past a locked gate
to the road end.
- Keeping on the right side of the canyon continue east to
a point about 3/4 mile from the parking lot where a large wide gully
can be seen to the south. This is the gully just east of Camp Creek.
- Hike into this gully for about 0.1 mile to where it forks into two large
- Hike straight ahead (south) up onto the wooded ridge that
separates the two gullies.
- Hike up this ridge making sure the gravel wash is to your
- Once you are near the top of the gravel wash contour somewhat to your
right (west) above the gravel wash until you meet the main ridge. This
ridge is the east ridge of Camp Creek Canyon. (Do not attempt to hike up
this ridge from Mill Creek as it contains unstable class 3 rocks.)
- Hike south up this ridge to a small saddle at
8440'+ (UTM 112693 Nad 27 - see current HPS map).
- Cross the saddle and sidehill to the
right (south) into a gully, then up the gully to the saddle on Yucaipa Ridge
east-northeast of Little San Gorgonio Peak (UTM 113689 Nad 27). The chinquapin is
a bit thick in most places.
- Turn right and hike up the ridge to the summit.