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Location: Riverside County, about 5 miles east-southeast of Idyllwild, 115 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County, Los Angeles and Vicinity|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topos||Idyllwild 7½, Palm View Peak 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Southwell Peak ("South" on USGS topos), Apache Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 14 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 3600' total, 3200' out plus 400' on return
- Time: 8-9 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 3, strenuous, climbing helmets required
- Navigation: Difficult
Original: John Backus, July 1987
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Go south on I-215 to the Ramona Expressway. Turn left (east).
- Go east and then southeast on the Ramona Expressway until it ends at
SR 74. Turn left (east).
- Go east on SR 74 to Mountain Center.
- Continue east on SR 74 for 3.5 miles to Apple Canyon Road on the
left. Turn left.
- Pass the entrance to the Hurkey Creek Campground on the left and
continue 2.6 miles to a large parking area on the left. Park here. This
is the parking area for the Spitler Peak Trail.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- The Spitler Peak Trail, 3E22, begins at a square post at the north end
of the parking area. From the parking area (4950'), hike up the trail to
where it meets the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the ridge between
Apache Peak and Spitler Peak.
- Turn left (north) and follow the trail to a trail junction just south of
the two summits of Apache Peak. The PCT
- Keep left and hike up to the saddle between the two
summits. Hike north along the main ridge until it descends again to the
PCT north of Apache Peak.
on the PCT until you reach the saddle between Apache
Peak and Antsell Rock (about 6900'), just west of the
boundary of Sections 23 and 24. There is a trail junction (not obvious)
near this saddle. The trail to the left goes down Apple Canyon about 2
miles to the Zen Center, then another 2 miles on a road to the Spitler
Peak Trail trailhead. Continue northwest along the PCT.
- Go about 1/2 mile
farther on the PCT to a minor gully where there should be a duck on the
uphill (left) side of the trail.
- Leave the trail and go up the loose steep
slope to a saddle between two rocky prominences. The one to the right
(west) is the summit.
- From this saddle, go along a brushed-out trail along the
left side of the summit prominence about 15 yards.
- Then follow a ducked
class 3 route up the rocky face to the summit ridge and then left up to
Note: HPS policy requires the possession and use of a climbing
helmet on Class 3 terrain or where the hazard of rockfall is present.