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Location: Riverside County, about 8 miles south-southwest of Palm Desert, 130 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topos||Rancho Mirage 7½, Toro Peak 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Viewable JPG file - Approximately 480K|
| ||GPX file or Google Earth KML file to
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Printable version of this route
- Distance: 3 miles round trip road and cross-country
- Gain: 1000'
- Time: 2 1/2 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, easy
- Navigation: Moderate
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
- Route: All cross-country over steep desert terrain
Original: Al Campbell, January 1975
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, which becomes a four-lane road for 8.1 miles
to the Ramona Expressway. Turn left (east).
- Go east on the Ramona Expressway for 8.8 miles until it ends at
SR 74 (Florida Avenue). Turn left (east) on SR 74.
- Go east on SR 74 to Mountain Center, approximately 14.7 miles.
- Continue east on SR 74 for about 20.5 miles to Palm Canyon Drive.
Turn left (north). Note your odometer and go as follows:
- At 1.3 miles, turn right (east) on Pinon Drive.
- At1.5 miles, turn left (north) on Jereboa Drive.
- At 2.3 miles, a turn-around with a narrow dirt road continuing on.
- Drive another 0.7 mile on a jeep road, keeping
right at a fork, to its end. Depending on road conditions, this last 0.7 mile may require 4WD.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (4240'), note the large boulder visible on the
skyline at the top of a gully. Hike north-northeast toward this shallow
- Hike up the gully, following a ducked route, and heading generally
toward the boulder.
- Go left around the large boulder and up the
shallow gully behind it.
- The summit is a rocky outcrop on the left, about 100 yards northeast of
the large boulder, with a conspicuous dead tree on it. For an easy route
to the summit, go to the top of the gully and look for ducks on the south
side of the summit. Follow a ducked route which curves around the east
side of the summit to the northeast side. If you do not find the gully
immediately behind the large boulder, but instead stay in the larger main
gully, the summit will be on your right.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.