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Location: San Bernardino County, about 6 miles southwest of Twentynine Palms, 150 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County, San Bernardino County|
|Park Service||Joshua Tree National Park|
|USGS Topo||Queen Mountain 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Viewable JPG file - Approximately 325K|
| ||GPX file or Google Earth KML file to
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Printable version of this route
(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
- Distance: 4 miles round trip on road and cross-country
- Gain: 1200'
- Time: 3 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, moderate
- Navigation: Moderate
Original: Jerry Russom and Paul A. Lipsohn, November 1968
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take I-10 east past Banning to the intersection with SR 62.
- Go north on SR 62 to the Park Road in the town of Joshua Tree with a
sign "Joshua Tree National Park". Turn right. Note your
odometer and go as follows:
- At 16 miles, intersection with Keys View Road. Keep left.
- At 20.6 miles, turn left at Big Horn Pass Road,
a paved road which turns into a dirt road.
Note your odometer
again and go as follows:
- At 0.4 mile, fork. Keep right.
- At 1.0 mile, junction. Keep straight.
- At 1.9 miles, a parking area. All vehicles must park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area, hike about 0.9 mile up a dirt road to its end.
- From this point follow an obvious and ducked trail leading eastward and
upward to a ridge.
- From this point a ducked route contours around a few hundred yards,
then upward to a wide gully generally following the west side of the gully.
- Follow the ducked route as it tops out above the gully. The summit is to
your left at this point.
- Follow a use trail as it contours around the east side of the summit.
The route curves around to the north side of the summit and then heads south
to reach the summit block.
- To approach the summit, ascend an easy crack in a ten-foot rock face,
marked by a duck, and follow friction slabs to the summit.
Beware of other ducked routes in the area. With the passage of time
ducks disappear or are destroyed. Conditions in the field are dynamic and
changes over time are to be expected.
Elevation 5677' to the east has the
actual benchmark. It also has a register.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.