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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|
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Nearby Peaks: Apache Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
- Distance: 11 miles round trip on trail
- Gain: 2500'
- Time: 5-6 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Easy
Original: Ham Barhydt, May 1977
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- 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 15 miles east on SR 74 to Mountain Center (junction with Idyllwild
Highway - SR 243).
- Continue east on SR 74 for 3.5 miles to Apple Canyon Road (paved) 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 right. Park here. This
is the parking area for the Spitler Peak Trail.
HIKING ROUTE 2
- The Spitler Peak Trail, 3E22, begins at a square post at the north end
of the parking area (4940').
- Hike 5 miles up the trail to where it meets
the PCT at the Apache-Spitler saddle (6980').
- Turn right
(south) and follow the trail as it starts around the northeast side of
- About 25 yards past a short switchback, leave the trail and go up
the slope to the ridge on your right (west).
- Then turn left (south) and
follow the ridge up to the summit.
Note: Turn left (north) at the Apache-Spitler saddle to hike to
Peak. Combining the peaks will add 2 miles and 700' of gain to the
round trip statistics.