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26D

Ryan Mountain

5457'

Location: Riverside County, about 10 miles southwest of Twentynine Palms, 145 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubRiverside County
Park ServiceJoshua Tree National Park
USGS ToposKeys View 7½, Indian Cove 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 1.1 megs
 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 1100'
Time: 1 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, February 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.
  • Drive 16 miles on this road to the intersection with the Keys View Road. Keep left.
  • Continue 2.0 miles farther to a large parking lot on the right. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4391'), hike south on the trail that starts at a sign "Ryan Mtn." about 300 yards to a junction.
  • Turn right and hike up the Ryan Mountain Trail to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 4 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 1000'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Sandy Burnside, Southern Courtney, and Byron Prinzmetal, November 2002

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the Ryan Mountain Trail parking lot (see Route 1), continue 0.6 mile further east to the entrance of Sheep Pass Group Campground. Park here on the north side of the road in the pullout. Do not park in the campground unless you have reservations.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4489'), hike into the campground along the campground road to the site furthest east.
  • Turn right (southeast), hike through this campsite and onto a well defined trail that goes generally south.
  • The trail splits at 0.7 mile from your start. Take the western fork and continue until the trail ends.
  • From this point, hike 0.6 mile at a bearing of 220° aiming for the ridge that runs east to west and ends up 0.25 mile north of the peak (at the letter "O" in the word Mountain on the HPS topo map).
  • Ascend this ridge.
  • The Ryan Mountain Trail crosses the ridge near its top. Turn south (left) on the Ryan Mountain Trail and hike 0.25 mile to the top.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 1200'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Peter and Ignacia Doggett, David Comerzan, 2014

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • Take I-10 east past Banning to the intersection with SR 62.
  • Go north on SR 62 to the Park Blvd in the town of Joshua Tree with a sign "Joshua Tree National Park". Turn right.
  • Drive 15.8 miles on this road to the intersection with the Keys View Road. Keep straight.
  • Continue 0.5 mile to the Ryan Mountain Campground Road.
  • Turn right and go 0.5 mile to the campground and park at the day parking spot across from site #16. There is room for about 3-4 cars.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the campground follow the trail about 0.3 mile to the old Ryan Ranch ruins.
  • From the ruins, you will see a gully approximately northeast of the ruins. Cross-country 0.7 mile to the mouth of the gully.
  • Hike up the gully in southeast direction for about ¼ mile to a saddle.
  • At the saddle, turn left (north) and hike ¼ mile to the summit.

NOTES

It is possible to hike from the top of Ryan Mountain to Lost Horse Mountain. See the Lost Horse Mountain guide for details.

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