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20F

Shay Mountain

6714'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 8 miles northwest of Fawnskin, 110 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topo: Butler Peak 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Little Shay Mountain, Ingham Peak, Deer Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 8 miles round trip on road and firebreak
Gain: 1500'
Time: 3-4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Route: Grasslands and pinyon-juniper woodland

Original: Warren E. von Pertz and Al Campbell, November 1972

DRIVING ROUTE 1

From the south:

  • Drive to the town of Fawnskin (east on I-10 to I-215, then north to SR 210, then east to SR 330, then north to SR 18, then east to the dam at Big Bear Lake, then north on SR 38).
  • Turn left (northwest) on Rim of the World Drive (3N14) in Fawnskin (paved for first 1/2 mile). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.3 miles, fork with 2N13 to the left and 3N14 to the right. Keep right.
  • At 1.8 miles, fork with Holcomb Valley Road (3N12) to the right. Keep left.
  • At 2.0 miles, Hanna Flat with 2N68 to the left. Go right.
  • At 4.4 miles, stream crossing and junction with 3N93 to the left and 3N08 to the right. Go straight.
  • At 6.0 miles, fork with 3N97 to the left. Go right.
  • At 6.9 miles, junction with 3N16 at Big Pine Flat. Keep straight.
  • At 7.0 miles, entrance to Big Pine Flat Campground. Keep straight.
  • At 10.5 miles, junction with 3N41 on the left. Go left a short distance and park by the gate.

From the north:

  • Drive east on I-10 and north on I-15 to the Hesperia turnoff.
  • Go east on Main Street in Hesperia for 7.2 miles to the "Y" junction of Rock Springs Road (on the left) and Arrowhead Lake Road (the main road continuing on the right). Turn left (east) on Rock Springs Road. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 2.9 miles, Kiowa Way on the left. Continue straight as Rock Springs Road becomes Roundup Way.
  • At 5.9 miles, pavement ends. Continue east.
  • At 7.3 miles, intersection with the Bowen Ranch Road. Turn right (south).
  • At 8.2 miles, fork. Keep left.
  • At 9.4 miles, junction with Coxey Truck Trail (3N14), turn left. This is the turnoff for Round Mountain and one of the Luna Mountain routes. Note your odometer again and go as follows:
  • Drive 4.4 miles, pass through a gate.
  • At 7.3 miles at the juncture with 4N16 continue south on 3N14 for another two miles to parking area.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5860'), hike south past the gate, following the old roadbed about 0.4 mile to another gate.
  • Contineu past the gate, following the old roadbed and trail segments about 1.2 miles to a a wide flat area beyond the site of Hawes Ranch, signed "Muddy Springs - 3".
  • Follow the Muddy Springs Trail west for 1 1/2 miles to saddle 6240'+. Note that the trail has been re-routed from the track shown on the topo. It now swings north to the saddle west of bump 6212', then traverses gently south to the saddle.
  • Turn right and follow the ridge north about 3/4 mile to the summit. The peak is the northeast bump on the summit plateau.

ALTERNATE ROUTES

It is possible to hike west past bump 6044' and then north up the ridgeline firebreak to the peak, passing over bumps 6427' and 6592'. This route has dense stands of poodledog bush near the summit of Shay Mountain.


SPECIAL CONDITIONS

The area is popular with deer hunters. The season begins the 2nd Saturday in October and runs for 30 days.

Dirt roads are seasonal. Call Big Bear Ranger District at (909) 866-3437 for information.

PEAK COMBINATIONS

Deer Mountain, Shay Mountain, Little Shay Mountain, and Ingham Peak are often combined into a single hike. The key is the saddle at 6240'+, the common point for each peak when climbed from 3N41

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 17-July-2012
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