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Indian Mountain


Location: Riverside County, about 11 miles south-southeast of Banning, 102 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubRiverside County
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS TopoLake Fulmor 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 745K
 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: 6 miles round trip on road
Gain: 1300' total, 800' out plus 500' on return
Time: 2-3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Al Campbell, October 1972


  • Drive I-10 to Banning. Exit at 8th Street (SR 243). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.2 mile, turn left.
  • At 0.7 mile, turn right on San Gorgonio Avenue.
  • At 1.4 miles, keep left on SR 243.
  • At 9.1 miles, Poppet Flat Road goes right. Continue straight.
  • At 11.6 miles, fork with 4S06 on the right. Keep straight.
  • At 11.8 miles, pass the Vista Grande Ranger Station.
  • At 12.8 miles, fork on the left with 2E05 and a sign "Black Mountain Trail". Keep straight.
  • At 15.6 miles, fork on the right with 4S21, Indian Mountain Road, and Indian Vista. Park here.

If approaching from the south along SR 243, Indian Mountain Road (4S21) is 9.7 miles from the Chevron station in Idyllwild.

Driving beyond this point is not recommended for 2WD vehicles. If the brush has been cleared recently, the road is passable in high clearance 4WD vehicles.

  • Instead of parking, turn right on 4S21. Note your odometer again and go as follows:
  • At 1.3 miles, pass through a low saddle.
  • At 2.9 miles, the road tops a hill and starts downhill. Park on the road shoulder and hike to the summit.


  • From the parking area on the highway described above, hike west 2.9 miles on 4S21 to a high point on the road where it starts a definite downhill descent.
  • Turn right and hike up the slope north of the road about 100 yards to the summit.

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