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26J

Mount Minerva Hoyt

5405'

Location: Riverside County, about 12 miles northeast of Indio, 130 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubRiverside County
Park ServiceJoshua Tree National Park
USGS ToposIndian Cove 7½, Keys View 7½, Joshua Tree South 7½, East Deception Canyon 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 1 meg
 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)

Nearby Peaks: Quail Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 8 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 1600' total, 1400' out plus 200' on return
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Peter & Ignacia Doggett, January 2014

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-10 east past Banning to the intersection with SR 62.
  • Go north on SR 62 to Park Road in the town of Joshua Tree with a sign "Joshua Tree National Park". Set odometer and turn right.
  • Drive 14.2 miles to the intersection with the Hidden Valley Campground road entrance.
  • Reset odometer and keep straight on the Loop Road.
  • Drive another 1.1 miles to a turnout on the right (west side of the road). Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4200'), hike west about 3 miles (aiming for a gully that is just south of bump 4859').
  • Go up his gully to a flat area about 4620'. From here, to the northwest, one can see the black-spotted summit of Minerva Hoyt and the ridge leading to the top.
  • Turn right (north), go about ¼ mile staying mostly in the wash.
  • Leave the gully before the gully makes a sharp S-turn to the right (east).
  • Head northwest, climbing over a low fold and then onto the ridge that bears mostly northwest.
  • Follow this ridge all the way to the black-spotted summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 7 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 2200' total, 1800' out plus 400' on return
Time: 5-7 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Difficult
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Peter & Ignacia Doggett, January 2014 (amendment to Minor White, February 1989)

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take I-10 east past Banning to the intersection with SR 62.
  • Go north on SR 62 to Park Road in the town of Joshua Tree with a sign "Joshua Tree National Park". Turn right.
  • Drive 10.9 miles on this road to the Quail Springs Picnic Area on the right. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (3979'), hike across the desert floor to a prominent wash directly southwest.
  • Ascend the wash. At its head, turn south for 0.5 mile to reach a broad saddle at 4240'+.
  • Descend southwest from the saddle into Johnny Lang Canyon, reaching the canyon bottom at about 4150'.
  • From here, leave the canyon and hike south up the slope passing bump 5041' on its west side.
  • Continue down into saddle 4900' (UTM 720635).
  • Go west up the ridge, staying to the right of the rock outcroppings.
  • Contour left to the saddle south of bump 5405' (Mount Minerva Hoyt).
  • From here, turn right (north) and hike 100 yards to the summit.

NOTES

Joshua Tree National Park is charging $15 per vehicle for day use (as of January 2014).

Mount Minerva Hoyt can be combined with Quail Mountain which is 1 mile to the southwest and accessible from Minerva Hoyt's summit via a good use trail.

Please report any corrections or changes to the Mountain Records Chair.


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