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Location: Riverside County, about 11 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 120 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County, San Jacinto Mountain Area|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Butterfly Peak 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Ken Point, Rock Point
- Distance: 6 miles round trip on trail, road, and cross-country
- Gain: 1700'
- Time: 4-5 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, moderate
Original: Warren E. von Pertz, August 1967
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 on SR 74 to Mountain Center (junction with Idyllwild Highway
- SR 243).
- Continue east on SR 74 for 10.1 miles to Toolbox Springs Road on
the left. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
- At 0.6 mile, fork. Go left on Butterfly Mountain Road.
- At 0.8 mile, fork. Go right on Table Mountain Road.
- At 1.0 mile, a narrow dirt road on the right,
with a "private property" sign. All vehicles must park
here along Table Mountain Road.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (4560'+), hike southeast on the paved road
for about 150 yards to a T intersection in front of a house.
- Turn left and hike along a fence. After about 1/8 mile, the road
turns sharply right at a locked gate, and goes uphill.
- Keep right at a fork and continue on to another fork just southeast
of Gold Hill (on topo, about 1 mile). This is the turnoff for
- Hike up the left fork past a mine shaft and equipment (non-operating)
to its end at another mineshaft, approximately 2 miles from the
- Go about 15 yards past the shaft to a brushed-out and ducked miner's
- Follow this trail steeply up to the top of a ridge and curve around
a bump on your left until you come to a saddle between the bump on your
left and the ridgeline coming down from the top of Butterfly summit.
- From the saddle follow the ducks going northwest and down into a
- From there the use trail contours in a northerly direction below the
western slopes of the rocky summit ridge heading for a small gully.
Eventually, the ducked route bears right (northeast) near the base of
the gully and ascends the slope to the ridge.
- Turn left and continue a short distance to the summit.
The route is generally clear of brush.