USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Riverside County, about 20 miles south of Indio, 150 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County, San Diego County|
|USGS Topos||Rabbit Peak 7½, Fonts Point 7½, Clark Lake NE 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Nearby Peaks: Villager Peak
- Distance:16 miles round trip on use trail and cross-country
- Gain: 6700'
- Time: 12-14 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, very strenuous
- Navigation: Difficult
- Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions
Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, 1973
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- Drive east on I-10 to Dillon Road in Indio.
- Go south on Dillon Road about a mile to the intersection with SR 111
and SR 86. Turn left.
- Drive southeast on SR 86 for about 15.4 miles to the junction with
Avenue 74 (north-south) and Fillmore Road (north-south). Turn right on
southbound Fillmore Road.
- Go 2.5 miles to its end at a levee. Park here.
HIKING ROUTE 2
- From the parking area (-80'), hike south over the levee and down into
the wash below it.
- Turn right and go 1/2 mile west along the wash to
where a road crosses it.
- Turn south on the road and go about 100 yards, past
a lemon grove on the right, to another old levee (shown on the topo).
- Turn right (west) and go past about 1/4 mile of lemon trees on the
right to the open desert and a jeep road that is the start of the route
across the desert. Follow this road southwest about 1/2 mile to the
beginning of a well-ducked trail across the desert. The start of the trail
is hard to find, but should be located as it will save much time crossing
the desert. It leads to the end of the ridge between Sheep and Barton
Canyons, visible directly southwest of the parking area. (Many of the
ducks are white rock, for improved visibility at night.)
- Follow the trail
to the end of the ridge, 3 1/2 miles, 1000' gain. Note: The hike
often begins (and ends) in the darkness, so the initial part of the route
is easily lost. There is still hope: from the west edge of the lemon grove
follow bearing 230° to the 1000' contour. It should be light by
now, and you should find yourself below the southwest trending ridge, with Alamo
Canyon on your right. Continue as follows:
- The trail (not shown on the
topo) goes to the left up the ridge, swings around to the southeast side
of the ridge, and comes out on top of the ridge at 1840'+. There is space
for camping here, but no water.
- Continue southwest along the top of the
ridge past a saddle (2520'+) and up to a broad plateau (6 miles; 3235'),
where there again is camping space but no water.
- From this plateau,
continue up the ridge, around a number of big rock outcrops, to the summit
plateau. The route is ducked much of the way.
- The register is on a rocky
outcrop near the west edge of the plateau.
For a return in darkness
it may be wise for the beginning navigator to mark the starting location
with a GPS. The lemon grove is extensive, so is not a good aiming point.