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Mineral Mountain


Location: San Bernardino County, about 10 miles east of Big Bear City, 120 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS ToposRattlesnake Canyon 7½, Big Bear City 7½, Onyx Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 710K
 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)

Nearby Peaks: Tip Top Mountain, Granite Peaks, Black Mountain #4

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 1.2 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 300'
Time: 1 hour round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz and John Backus, December 1974


  • From Big Bear City, drive northeast on SR 18 about 6 miles to 3N03 (dirt) on the right. Turn right. High clearance recommended on for all dirt roads in this area. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.3 miles, fork 3N07Y to the right. Keep straight.
  • At 3.3 miles and 3.6 miles, forks on the left to Smarts Ranch. Keep straight.
  • At 5.0 miles, you cross Arrastre Creek.
  • At 5.1 miles, fork. Go left.
  • At 5.2 miles, fork. This is the turnoff for Granite Peaks. Keep straight.
  • At 7.4 miles, fork in a saddle with 2N02 on the right. Keep straight.
  • At 7.7 miles, fork with 2N90 on the left. This is the turnoff for Tip Top Mountain. Keep straight.
  • At 9.3 miles, a clearing below the road on the right. Park here.


  • From the parking area (6800'), hike east up along the slope of a ridge, passing some gullies and mine prospects, and coming into the saddle west-northwest of the peak.
  • Turn right and continue along the ridge over a minor bump to the summit. The summit is not visible from the parking area.


The dirt roads are seasonal.

Mineral Mountain is in the Bighorn Mountain Wilderness Area, but at this time a permit is not required.

The peak can be hiked from Tip Top Mountain (see current HPS map).

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