USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Riverside County, about 6 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 114 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County, Los Angeles and Vicinity|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest, San Jacinto Wilderness|
|USGS Topos||Palm View Peak 7½, Idyllwild 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
||TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!|
| ||Viewable JPG file - Approximately 840K|
| ||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: Apache Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 8 miles round trip on trail
- Gain: 2300'
- Time: 4-5 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Easy
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take I-10 or SR 60 east to SR 79 in Beaumont.
- Take exit south to SR 79.
- Go south on SR 79 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 15 miles on SR 74 to Mountain Center (junction with Idyllwild
Highway - SR 243).
- Continue east on SR 74 for 7.0 miles to dirt Fobes Ranch Road (6S05)
on the left (north) at a cattle guard. Turn left onto the dirt
road. Note your odometer and go as follows:
- At 0.4 mile, fork. Go left.
- At 3.6 miles, fork. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (5200'), hike north up the Fobes Trail. The trail
bypasses Fobes Ranch and meets the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at Fobes
Saddle (5960+) in 1 1/2 miles. This trail is shown correctly on the San
Jacinto Wilderness map and is shown as a faint dotted red line on 1988 and
later versions of the USGS Palm View Peak topo map.
- Turn left (north) on
the PCT and follow it for a long mile to the trail's highest point
northeast of the peak.
- Take the use trail on your left (west) to the
ridgeline and continue south to the summit.
Note: Continuing straight on the PCT from the junction with the Spitler
Peak use trail mentioned immediately above goes to the Apache-Spitler
Saddle and then Apache Peak. Combining the peaks will add 3 miles and
1000' of gain to the round trip statistics.