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Arctic Point

(UTM 101973)

Location: San Bernardino County, about 5 miles northeast of Fawnskin, 106 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS TopoFawnskin 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 605K
 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)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 800'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Dick Akawie, November 1973


  • Drive east on I-10 to I-215.
  • Drive north on I-215 to SR 210.
  • Drive east on SR 210 to SR 330.
  • Drive north on SR 330 to SR 18 at the town of Running Springs.
  • Drive east on SR 18 to the dam at Big Bear Lake. Turn left on SR 38.
  • Drive on SR 38 to Fawnskin.
  • Continue east on SR 38 for 2.0 miles to Polique Canyon Road (Holcomb Valley turnoff). Turn left (north). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.5 miles, T intersection with 2N71 to the left. Go right (northeast) on 2N09.
  • At 2.0 miles, a gated road on the right.
  • At 3.9 miles, junction with 3N16. Turn right (east).
  • At 4.3 miles, fork. This is the turnoff for Gold Mountain. Turn left (northeast) on 3N07.
  • At 4.8 miles, fork. Go past 3N23 and shortly thereafter turn left on 3N43.
  • At 5.4 miles, the road goes down through a wash. Park just before the wash.

The roads in this area are confusing. Suggest you consult the latest Forest Service and HPS maps.


  • From the parking area (7550'), hike east up a gully that passes just south of elevation 7685', and on up to the summit, which is the most southeasterly point on the ridge.


The terrain and vegetation on the mountain make it possible to climb Arctic from many different directions.

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