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29C

Cahuilla Mountain

5635'

Location: Riverside County, about 11 miles south-southwest of Idyllwild, 124 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto ClubRiverside County
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS TopoCahuilla Mtn 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 1.2 megs
 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: Little Cahuilla Mountain

Printable version of this route (northern approach)
Printable version of this route (southern approach)

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 6 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 1700'
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: John Backus, May 1980

DRIVING ROUTE 1

(Northern approach)

  • 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 at the junction with Idyllwild Highway (SR 243).
  • Continue east on SR 74 for 12.5 miles to the intersection with SR 371 on the right. Turn right.
  • Go 9.5 miles on SR 371 to Cary Road on the right. Turn right. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 3.7 miles, fork, with sign "Tripp Flats". Go left (west).
  • At 4.5 miles, fork, with Tripp Flats Station on the right. Go left (west) on 6S22, through a gate.
  • At 6.1 miles, saddle. Park here.

(Southern approach)

  • Take I-15 south to Temecula.
  • Go east on SR 79 about 17 miles to Aguanga. Turn left on SR 371.
  • Go northeast on SR 371 for 11.25 miles to Cary Road. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 3.7 miles, fork, with sign "Tripp Flats". Go left (west).
  • At 4.5 miles, fork, with Tripp Flats Station on the right. Go left (west) on 6S22, through a gate.
  • At 6.1 miles, saddle. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4500'), hike south up the obvious trail past the burnt remnants of a sign that once identified it as 2E45 "Cahuilla Mountain Trail." It goes around the mountain's east side to the top of the ridge just southwest of elevation 5604'. The trail is as shown on the topo until it passes a gully at UTM 205158. Beyond here and up to the ridge, the trail is slightly south of that shown, going up the gully to the saddle at UTM 201158.
  • Continue south on the trail (no longer shown on the topo). It goes down along the right side of the ridge, passes to the left of a rocky hummock, then heads east up a shallow ravine.
  • Follow the trail as it goes around to the left and comes out on a summit where the register is located. The broad summit to the west-southwest is lower.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Dirt roads in the area may be closed for fire or rainy season. Check with the Forest Service in Idyllwild: (909) 382-2921


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