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Lion Peak


Location: Riverside County, about 12 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 120 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubRiverside County
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS TopoPalm View Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 865K
 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: Cone Peak, Palm View Peak, Pyramid Peak, Pine Mountain #2

Printable version of this route


Distance: 10 miles round trip on trail and use trail
Gain: 2000'
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Dick Worsfold, November 1973


  • 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.


  • From your parking spot, hike down the road to the trailhead (5430').
  • Go 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 Desert Divide.
  • 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 Pyramid Peak.
  • Continue on the PCT about 1/4 mile to a trail on the left marked by ducks. This is the turnoff for Pine Mountain #2.
  • Continue on the PCT past a high point (6880'+) and down to the saddle northeast of Lion Peak.
  • Leave the PCT and follow a use trail up to the summit.

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