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Iron Spring Mountain


Location: Riverside County, about 26 miles south-southeast of Hemet, 124 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubRiverside County, San Diego County
Forest ServiceCleveland National Forest
USGS TopoBeauty Mountain 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
 Viewable JPG file - Approximately 765K
 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: Beauty Mountain

Printable version of this route


Distance: 6 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 1700' total, 1500' out plus 200' on return
Time: 4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Moderate

Original: John Backus, June 1977


  • Take I-15 south to Temecula.
  • Take the south SR 79 exit. This is the second of two SR 79 exits. It says 79 South. Please make sure you have enough gas. There are plenty of gas stations along SR 79 for the first 2 miles or so.
  • Go east on SR 79 17.4 miles to Aguanga. Turn left on SR 371.
  • Go northeast 6.3 miles to Bradford Road. Turn right on paved road (not the dirt road immediately before). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.1 miles, Bradford Road turns right and is named Tule Valley Road.
  • At 1.5 miles, go left (east) on Hernley Road (dirt). At 3.5 miles the road name changes to Elder Creek Road.
  • At 5.0 miles there is a "T" junction, turn right (south) on Bonny Lane.
  • At 5.7 miles, junction. Go left (east) on Tule Peak Road.
  • At 6.5 miles there is a pull off on the right, just past a cable box on the right side of the road, and opposite 2 roads going north. Park here.


  • (UTM 269033 nad 27) There is an old road on the right that heads southeast.
  • From the parking area (4450'), hike along this old road (about 1/3 mile) to its end at UTM 273029 nad 27.
  • Hike west over a hillock, avoiding brush, to the base of the major gully (0.6 mile) that runs north-south (UTM 270026 nad 27).
  • Go up the left side of the gully (at a possible duck) until you get past a dry waterfall.
  • Then continue south along the gully to where it forks at an open area just before a fence (1.3 miles).
  • Take the right fork, cross the fence, and follow the gully southwest over a shallow saddle (brushy).
  • Go south down another gully to a low earthen dam with a road on it (1.8 miles). This is the turnoff for Beauty Peak.
  • Turn left (east) on the road less than 300 yards past the dam to where a cleared path leads off to the left.
  • Follow this to its end and continue on a use trail which follows the ridge east to the summit.


With the passage of time brush grows and regrows. The hiker should be prepared to find the route overgrown with brush and the clipped route obscured. Conditions in the field are dynamic and changes over time are to be expected.

Seasonal tick blooms have been observed in the major gully. Light-colored clothing and frequent inspections are recommended.


The peak is usually climbed with Beauty Peak.

Iron Spring is about 1.7 miles almost due south of Iron Spring Mountain. It can be reached by hiking south on the track that leads south from the dam on the way to Iron Spring Mountain.

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