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Lookout Mountain #1


Location: Riverside County, about 12 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 121 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubRiverside County
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS ToposButterfly Peak 7½, Idyllwild7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 385K
 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)

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Withdrawn due to private property concerns.
Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 2.5 miles round trip on trail and firebreak
Gain: 700'
Time: 1 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: easy
Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions

Original: John Backus


  • 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 12.5 miles to the intersection with SR 371.
  • From the junction of SR 74 and SR 371 in Garner Valley, drive east 1.0 mile on SR 74 to the signed PCT parking lot on the left (north) side of the highway. This is also the parking area for Route 1 for Ken Point. Park here.


  • From the parking area (4919'), cross to the south side of the highway and observe a gate accessing the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
  • Pass through the gate, close it, and follow the PCT which initially heads south, then contours around Lookout Mountain.
  • After 0.5 mile the PCT reaches a shallow saddle (5040+') where there is an opening in the chaparral, and possibly a cairn. Hike east through the brush to find a firebreak that follows the top of the ridge.
  • Hike east and south along this firebreak for a short distance to a junction with a dirt road coming from the east. Here you may want to rest briefly on the park bench.
  • Continue hiking south, then southeast along the firebreak as it becomes quite steep.
  • At the top of the hill, a path goes to the right for a few meters to the register location.


Avoid hiking through the private property via the gate at the top of Santa Rosa Summit. This was previously Route 1, but the owner has ceased to allow passage.

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