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Location: Riverside County, about 26 miles south-southeast of Hemet, 124 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: Beauty Mountain
Printable version of this route
- Distance: 6 miles round trip cross-country
- Gain: 1700' total, 1500' out plus 200' on return
- Time: 4 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, moderate
- Navigation: Moderate
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 Road.
- 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 Bonny Lane.
- 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 2 roads going north. Park here.
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.
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
the turnoff for Beauty Peak.
- Turn left
(east) on the road less than 300 yards past the dam
to where a cleared path leads off to
- Follow this to its end and continue on a use trail which follows
the ridge east to the summit.
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 Beauty Peak.
Iron Spring is about 1.7 miles almost due south of Iron Spring Mountain.
It can be reached by hiking south on the track that leads south from the
dam on the way to Iron Spring Mountain.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.