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21B

Butler Peak (LO)

8535'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 4 miles west-southwest of Fawnskin, 105 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

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

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: None
Gain: None
Time: None
Rating: Drive-up
Navigation: None

Original: Warren E. von Pertz

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive east on I-10 to SR 210.
  • Drive north on SR 210 (signed "West") to SR 330.
  • Drive north on SR 330 to SR 18 at the town of Running Springs.
  • Drive east on SR 18 to the dam at Big Bear Lake. Turn left on SR 38.
  • Drive on SR 38 to Fawnskin. Turn left (northwest) on 3N14.
  • Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.3 miles, fork with 2N13 to the left and 3N14 to the right. Go left.
  • At 2.4 miles, fork to the left. This is the turnoff for Grays Peak. Keep right.
  • At 3.9 miles, fork. This is the turnoff for Crafts Peak. Turn left on 2N13C.
  • At 4.1 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 6.7 miles, a parking lot at a fire lookout. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking lot, climb up to the lookout.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 2.5 miles round trip cross-country and dirt road
Gain: 1440'
Time: 2½-3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: Ted Lubeshkoff, September 2010

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Drive east on I-10 to SR 210.
  • Drive north on SR 210 (signed "West") to SR 330.
  • Drive north on SR 330 to SR 18 at the town of Running Springs.
  • Drive east on SR 18 to the entrance of Snow Valley and 1.8 miles farther to Lake View Point Saddle. This is the parking area for Crafts Peak.
  • Continue east on SR 18 for 3.2 miles to Call Box 18-424. Park here.

Note: This is also the only place along this section the highway where a road heads south, Glory Ridge road. There is plenty of parking at this location.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (7180'), cross to the north side of the highway to a road sign just to the east of the road curve. Use extreme caution when crossing the highway. Cross at a point where you can see traffic in both directions. If in a group, cross at the same time.
  • From the road sign, go up the hill side and hike up to the main ridge on the left.
  • Once on the ridge, turn right (north) and follow the communication poles (be careful to watch for downed wires on the ground) up to dirt road 2N13C at about 8200'. This point is 1 mile from the trailhead.
  • Turn left (west) and follow this road ¼ mile to a parking lot at a fire lookout.
  • From the parking lot, climb up to the lookout.

ALTERNATE ROUTES

The ridge from Crafts Peak is very brushy, making it much more difficult than it looks. However, it can be done on snowshoes rather easily if there are three or more feet of snow.


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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 22-September-2010
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