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28N

Rock Point

5280'+
(UTM 383176)

Location: Riverside County, about 12 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 120 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubRiverside County, San Jacinto Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS TopoButterfly Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 925K
 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: Butterfly Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 4 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 720'
Time: 2-3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

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 Peak Road.
  • At 0.8 mile, fork. Go right on Table Mountain Road.
  • At 1.0 mile, a narrow dirt road on the right, marked "Private Property". All vehicles must park here along Table Mountain Road.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4560'+), hike southeast on the private lane to a T-intersection in front of a house, about 150 yards.
  • 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 from the cars. This is the turnoff for Butterfly Peak.
  • Take the right fork, follow the poor jeep road south about 3/4 mile to a clearing. (The last 1/2 mile of this road is a well-travelled footpath/horsetrail.)
  • From here, the peak is visible to the south. There may be a stake in a rock cairn to mark the start of the route, with a second stake in about 50 yards. Also, at the start of the route on your right side (west) is a pile of wood boards.
  • Head toward the summit along a shallow stream bed, looking for a ducked route that leads off to the left (east). Follow this route to the summit. It is not necessary to climb the large class 5 summit block. The register is below the summit block.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 2 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 550'
Time: 2-3 hours round trip
Navigation: Difficult
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Wayne Bannister, December 2012

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 east on SR 74 to Mountain Center (junction with Idyllwild Highway - SR 243).
  • Continue east on SR 74 for 10.5 miles to Devil's Ladder Road and turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.5 mile, reach an opening in a white fence. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4590'+), hike east on a dirt road/easement toward a water tower. After a approximately 1/4 miles the dirt road/easement crosses a paved road. Continue up the dirt road to the water tower.
  • On the east side on of the water tower is a use trail going east to a ridge. The use trail is rocky and somewhat hard to follow.
  • From the ridge follow the use trail northeast to the peak.

NOTES

The summit is not the elevation 5282' on the topo; it is the one 0.3 mile west-southwest of elevation 5282'.

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