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26A

Eureka Peak

5518'

Location: Riverside County, about 8 ½ miles southeast of Yucca Valley, 140 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubRiverside County
Park ServiceJoshua Tree National Park
USGS TopoJoshua Tree South 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
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Nearby Peaks: Warren Point

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 10 ½ miles round trip on trail
Gain: 1700'
Time: 5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Mat Kelliher, December 2016

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-10 east past Banning to the intersection with SR 62.
  • Go north on SR 62 to Joshua Lane in Yucca Valley. This is also the intersection with SR 247, Old Woman Springs Road.
  • Turn right on Joshua Lane.
  • Drive south, then east, then south again on Joshua Lane for 5.3 miles to Black Rock Campground. Park at the Visitor Center.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the west end of the Visitor Center (4160'), hike south on the narrow paved road to the backcountry registration board located near the NE entrance to the campground.
  • Drop down into the wash and go south about 0.1 mile to the signed California Hiking and Riding Trail (CHRT). Turn left (east) onto the CHRT.
  • At 1.5 miles, fork with the Fault Trail. Turn right (south) onto the Fault Trail.
  • At 1.95 miles, merge onto the Eureka Peak Trail and continue south.
  • Continue on the Eureka Peak Trail for about 2.7 miles to a prominent saddle. Remain on the trail for another 0.1 mile and descend from the saddle about 40 feet and then ascend 100 feet to the saddle just below the summit.
  • Turn right (east) to ascend 0.1 mile (125' gain) on well-established use trail to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: ¼ mile round trip
Gain: 60'
Time: 5 minutes one way
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: Mat Kelliher, December 2016

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take I-10 east past Banning to the intersection with SR 62.
  • Go north on SR 62 to La Contenta Road in Yucca Valley.
  • Turn right (south) on La Contenta Road and go 2.9 miles to Covington Flats Road (after crossing Yucca Trail, the paved road becomes dirt).
  • Turn left (southeast) on Covington Flat Rd.; after 3.0 miles the road bears right and becomes Lower Covington Flat Rd. Continue on Lower Covington Flat Rd. another 2.9 miles to Covington Flats Crossover Rd.
  • Turn right (southwest) on Covington Flat Crossover Rd. and go 1.8 miles to Eureka Peak Rd.
  • Turn right (northwest) on Eureka Peak Rd and go 1.3 miles to its end. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area, hike north and northwest on road and use trail to the summit.

NOTES

The high point of the range is located about ¼ east of the named summit at a bearing of 100 degrees. To get there, descend south from the named summit and join the dirt road, following it south for a few hundred feet, before leaving it to travel cross country for about 0.2 mile, first by descending about 60 feet and then ascending about 120 feet to the high point.

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