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Butterfly Peak


Location: Riverside County, about 11 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 120 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubRiverside County, San Jacinto Mountain Area
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS TopoButterfly Peak 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 925K
 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: Ken Point, Rock Point

Printable version of this route


Distance: 6 miles round trip on trail, road, and cross-country
Gain: 1700'
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, moderate

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, August 1967


  • Take I-10 or SR 60 east to SR 79 in Beaumont. Take exit south to SR 79.
  • Go south on SR 79 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 (junction with Idyllwild Highway - SR 243).
  • Continue east on SR 74 for 10.1 miles to Toolbox Springs Road on the left. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.6 mile, fork. Go left on Butterfly Mountain Road.
  • At 0.8 mile, fork. Go right on Table Mountain Road.
  • At 1.0 mile, a narrow dirt road on the right, with a "private property" sign. All vehicles must park here along Table Mountain Road.


  • From the parking area (4560'+), hike southeast on the paved road for about 150 yards to a T intersection in front of a house.
  • Turn left and hike along a fence. After about 1/8 mile, the road turns sharply right at a locked gate, and goes uphill.
  • Keep right at a fork and continue on to another fork just southeast of Gold Hill (on topo, about 1 mile). This is the turnoff for Rock Point.
  • Hike up the left fork past a mine shaft and equipment (non-operating) to its end at another mineshaft, approximately 2 miles from the cars.
  • Go about 15 yards past the shaft to a brushed-out and ducked miner's trail.
  • Follow this trail steeply up to the top of a ridge and curve around a bump on your left until you come to a saddle between the bump on your left and the ridgeline coming down from the top of Butterfly summit.
  • From the saddle follow the ducks going northwest and down into a shallow canyon.
  • From there the use trail contours in a northerly direction below the western slopes of the rocky summit ridge heading for a small gully. Eventually, the ducked route bears right (northeast) near the base of the gully and ascends the slope to the ridge.
  • Turn left and continue a short distance to the summit.

The route is generally clear of brush.

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 19 miles round trip on road, trail, and cross-country including Ken Point.
Gain: 4300' total, 3700' out plus 600' on return
Time: 10-11 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, strenuous
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Terri Sutor, December 1990


  • See the driving instructions for Ken Point Route 1.


  • See the Ken Point guide for climbing Route 1.
  • From the first road crossing on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), turn left and go west about 1/2 mile to an intersection in the center of a canyon.
  • Turn right and go north along this road to a fork.
  • Go left on a 4WD road keeping left at a fork. This road turns right (northwest) at a corral.
  • Continue to where the road turns left, leave it on the right and follow the ridge up to the summit.
  • Retrace your steps back to the center of the canyon. Now take the right fork and follow it up past Tunnel Spring to the PCT in a saddle.
  • Turn right and go a short distance and pass through a gate. Here you will rejoin Ken Point Route 1.


All other roads in the area are private. Do not attempt to hike along either road that runs parallel to the PCT.

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