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Queen Mountain

(UTM 832681)

Location: San Bernardino County, about 6 miles southwest of Twentynine Palms, 150 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubRiverside County, San Bernardino County
Park ServiceJoshua Tree National Park
USGS TopoQueen Mountain 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 325K
 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


(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 4 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 1200'
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, moderate
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Jerry Russom and Paul A. Lipsohn, November 1968


  • Take I-10 east past Banning to the intersection with SR 62.
  • Go north on SR 62 to the Park Road in the town of Joshua Tree with a sign "Joshua Tree National Park". Turn right. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 16 miles, intersection with Keys View Road. Keep left.
  • At 20.6 miles, turn left at Big Horn Pass Road, a paved road which turns into a dirt road. Note your odometer again and go as follows:
  • At 0.4 mile, fork. Keep right.
  • At 1.0 mile, junction. Keep straight.
  • At 1.9 miles, a parking area. All vehicles must park here.


  • From the parking area, hike about 0.9 mile up a dirt road to its end.
  • From this point follow an obvious and ducked trail leading eastward and upward to a ridge.
  • From this point a ducked route contours around a few hundred yards, then upward to a wide gully generally following the west side of the gully.
  • Follow the ducked route as it tops out above the gully. The summit is to your left at this point.
  • Follow a use trail as it contours around the east side of the summit. The route curves around to the north side of the summit and then heads south to reach the summit block.
  • To approach the summit, ascend an easy crack in a ten-foot rock face, marked by a duck, and follow friction slabs to the summit.


Beware of other ducked routes in the area. With the passage of time ducks disappear or are destroyed. Conditions in the field are dynamic and changes over time are to be expected.

Elevation 5677' to the east has the actual benchmark. It also has a register.

History of Summit Signature

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