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Location: Riverside County, about 8 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 121 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Palm View Peak 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Palm View Peak, Pyramid Peak, Pine Mountain #2, Lion Peak
- Distance: 11 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 2900' total, 2000' out plus 900' on return
- Time: 6-7 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, strenuous
Original: Charlie Knapke, June 1993
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 8.7 miles to Morris Ranch Road on the
left at a fire station. Turn left.
- Go north on Morris Ranch Road for 3.7 miles to an iron gate on the
right with a sign "Cedar Springs Trail". Park off the pavement
near this spot.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From your parking spot, hike down the road to the trailhead (5340').
through the gate. (There are several gates on this trail. Be sure to close
each gate as you pass through it.) Immediately on the left is another
gate. Ignore it. It is another access to the trail for equestrian riders
in the area.
- Continue up the road past a water tank to another gate. The
trail turns left just before the gate.
- Soon you come to another gate. Go
through this gate. Here you leave the fences behind as this is the
National Forest boundary.
- Continue up the road as it becomes a trail and
it begins to climb until you come to another gate. This is not a boundary
but is part of a cattle drift fence. This keeps range cattle out of
selected sections of the National Forest.
- Continue up to a saddle at
6800'-. This is the junction of the Cedar Springs Trail and the
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the
- Turn left on the PCT and follow it northwest until you
reach a point directly between Palm View Peak and
elevation 7123'. This is the turnoff for Palm View
- Continue towards elevation 7123'. Just before you reach the high
point on the trail there is a large grassy slope descending on your left
(south). Go down through this area picking up the faint remains of a
- Follow it as it goes into some trees and then swings right (west) to
the center of the ridge. It soon becomes a large horse trail 10-12'
- Follow this trail down until it passes through a gully just below
the saddle north of Cone Peak.
- Leave the trail and go up the gully towards
this saddle. As you approach the saddle it becomes brushy. Leave the gully
and follow use trails on the left side of the gully.
- As you go over the
ridge, turn left (south) and go up over some rocks. Here a well brushed-out
- Follow this south along the ridge. It soon goes off to the
right side and then up to the summit.