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Location: Riverside County, about 11 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 120 miles from Los Angeles
|Auto Club||Riverside County|
|Forest Service||San Bernardino National Forest|
|USGS Topo||Palm View Peak 7½|
|Official HPS Maps
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| ||Viewable JPG file - Approximately 865K|
| ||GPX file or Google Earth KML file to
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| ||Routes as shown on
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Nearby Peaks: Cone Peak, Palm View Peak, Pine Mountain #2, Lion Peak
Printable version of this route
- Distance: 7 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 2000'
- Time: 4-5 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, moderate
Original: Dick Worsfold, November 1973
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Go south on I-215 to the Ramona Expressway. Turn left (east).
- Go east and then southeast on the Ramona Expressway until it ends at
SR 74. Turn left (east).
- Go east on SR 74 to Mountain Center.
- Continue east on SR 74 for 8.7 miles to Morris Ranch Road on the
left at a fire station. Turn left.
- Go north on Morris Ranch Road for 3.7 miles to an iron gate on the
right with a sign "Cedar Springs Trail". Park off the pavement
near this spot.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From your parking spot, hike down the road to the trailhead (5430').
through the gate. (There are several gates on this trail. Be sure to close
each gate as you pass through it.) Immediately on the left is another
gate. Ignore it. It is another access to the trail for equestrian riders
in the area.
- Continue up the road past a water tank to another gate. The
trail turns left just before the gate.
- Soon you come to another gate. Go
through this gate. Here you leave the fences behind as this is the
National Forest boundary.
- Continue up the road as it becomes a trail and
it begins to climb until you come to another gate. This is not a boundary
but is part of a cattle drift fence. This keeps range cattle out of
selected sections of the National Forest.
- Continue up to a saddle at
6800'-. This is the junction of the Cedar Springs Trail and the
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the
- Turn right on the PCT and follow it east and then south
until you reach a saddle just southeast of Pyramid Peak. This is the
turnoff for Pine Mountain #2 and
- From here hike up the ridge northwest to
the summit following a use trail which stays mostly to the left side to
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.