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Lookout Mountain #1


Location: Riverside County, about 12 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 121 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubRiverside County
Forest ServiceSan Bernardino National Forest
USGS ToposButterfly Peak 7½, Idyllwild7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 385K
 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)
Withdrawn due to private property concerns.
Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Withdrawn due to private property concerns.
Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 4.4 miles round trip on trail and use trail
Gain: 1100' total, 900' out plus 200' on return
Time: 3 1/2 - 4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: easy
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: George Christiansen, Dave Comerzan and Mark Allen, July 2017


  • 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 12.5 miles to the intersection with SR 371.
  • From the junction of SR 74 and SR 371 in Garner Valley, drive east 1.0 mile on SR 74 to the signed PCT parking lot on the left (north) side of the highway. 62500 Pines to Palms Hwy (SR74), Anza. This is also the parking area for Route 1 for Ken Point. Park here.


  • From the parking area (4919'), cross to the south side of the highway and observe a gate accessing the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
  • Pass through the gate, close it, and follow the PCT which initially heads south, then contours around Lookout Mountain.
  • After 0.5 mile the PCT reaches a shallow saddle (5040+').
  • Continue downhill to a point 1.5 miles from SR74 (4880/4900') to a gully that heads north toward the summit.
  • Follow the gully approximately 1/3 mile to where the track leaves the gully to the left (steep for approximately 30 yards) to gain the ridge.
  • Continue on the ridge to the summit approximately 0.7 mile after leaving the PCT.


Avoid hiking through the private property via previous Routes 1 and 2, which cross private property and are now fenced and closed to entry.

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