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Location: Riverside County, about 25 miles south-southeast of Hemet, 125 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County, San Diego County|
|Forest Service||Cleveland National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Beauty Mountain 7½|
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Nearby Peaks: Iron Spring Mountain
Printable version of this route
- Distance: 6 miles round trip cross-country (8.5 miles combined with
Iron Spring Mountain
- Gain: 1700' (2700' combined with Iron
- Time: 4-5 hours round trip (7-8 hours combined with
Iron Spring Mountain)
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Moderate
- Route: Brushy, very brushy if not maintained
Original: John Backus, June 1977
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take I-15 south to Temecula.
- Take the South SR 79 exit. This is the second of two SR 79
exits. It says 79 South. Please make sure you have enough gas. There
are plenty of gas stations along SR 79 for the first 2 miles or so.
- Go east on SR 79 17.4 miles to Aguanga. Turn left on SR 371.
- Go northeast 6.3 miles to Bradford Road. Turn right
on paved road (not the dirt road immediately before). Note your
odometer and go as follows:
- At 1.1 miles, Bradford Road turns right and is named Tule Valley
- At 1.5 miles, go left (east) on Hernley Road (dirt). At 3.5 miles the
road name changes to Elder Creek Road.
- At 5.0 miles there is a "T" junction, turn right (south) on
- At 5.7 miles, junction. Go left (east) on Tule Peak Road.
- At 6.5 miles there is a pull off on the right, just past a cable box
on the right side of the road, and opposite two roads going north. Park
HIKING ROUTE 1
- (UTM 269033 nad 27). There is an old road on the right that heads
southeast. From the parking area (4450'), hike along this old road (about
1/3 mile) to its end at UTM 273029 nad 27.
- Hike west over a hillock,
avoiding brush, to the base of the major gully (0.6 mile) that runs
north-south (UTM 270026 nad 27).
- Go up the left side of the gully (at a
possible duck) until you get past a dry waterfall.
- Then continue
south along the gully to where it forks at an open area just before a
fence (1.3 miles).
- Take the right fork, cross the fence, and follow
the gully southwest over a shallow saddle (brushy).
- Go south down
another gully to a low earthen dam with a road on it (1.8 miles). This is
turnoff for Iron Spring Mountain.
- Turn right (west) onto the road and hike uphill about 1/4 mile to where
the road tops a ridge and starts down (2.1 miles).
- Leave the road
here and follow a (hopefully) clipped use trail on the ridge south over a
couple of bumps, into a saddle, and up to the summit (3.0 miles).
Another way to get to Beauty Peak is from the south. Take Highway 79
through Oak Grove. Turn onto the Chihuahua Valley Road. This is a paved
highway. About 3 miles east will be a turn-off to the left. It is not
signed, but there may be an old wagon with the name of a ranch or farm on
it at the turn-off. This is the beginning of the Cooper-Cieniga Truck
Tail. This is a dirt road, but is in pretty good shape. It skirts the east
side of Beauty Peak. You can hike into Beauty Peak and Iron Mountain from this
truck trail, which appears on the topographic maps.
With the passage of time brush grows and regrows. The hiker should be
prepared to find the route overgrown with brush and the clipped route
obscured. Conditions in the field are dynamic and changes over time are
to be expected.
Seasonal tick blooms have been observed in the major gully.
Light-colored clothing and frequent inspections are recommended.
The peak is usually climbed with Iron Spring
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.