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Location: Riverside County, about 11 miles south-southwest of Idyllwild, 124 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Cahuilla Mtn 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Little Cahuilla Mountain
(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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Dirt roads in the area may be closed for fire or rainy season. Check
with the Forest Service in Idyllwild: