USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Riverside County, about 12 miles northeast of Indio, 130 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County|
|Park Service||Joshua Tree National Park|
|USGS Topo||Rockhouse Canyon 7½|
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Nearby Peaks: Little Berdoo Peak
(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
- Distance: 6 miles round trip cross-country
- Gain: 1500'
- Time: 3-4 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, easy
- Navigation: Moderate
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: E. Andreosky and Paul A. Lipsohn, November 1968
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- 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 5.3 miles on the Loop Road to the Geology Tour Road on the
right (south). This dirt road also goes to Squaw Tank. Note your
odometer and go as follows:
- At 5.6 miles, fork. Go left (one way road) and cross a dry lake.
- At 7.9 miles, fork. Go left (south) on Berdoo Canyon Road.
- At 11.4 miles, fork. Go straight.
- At 12.5 miles, the road crosses a wash just before the end of a ridge
on the right. This is the parking spot for Route 1.
- Continue south 0.5 mile. Park
HIKING ROUTE 2
- From the parking area (4150'), hike west-northwest across a number of
small gullies to a large sandy wash, shown as an intermittent stream on
- Go northwest up this wash about 1 1/2 miles, ignoring all side
gullies, to where it narrows down and divides into two washes, one heading
north (with a dead tree in it), and the other heading west. There may
ducks on each side of the wash at this point. The wash heading west heads
for Little Berdoo. The wash heading north heads for Bernard.
- Ascend the
ridge to the right of the north fork to the top of the main ridge, where
the rocky summit of Bernard is visible. Continue up to the summit.