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21I

Silver Peak

6756'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 6 miles north-northeast of Big Bear City, 112 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topo: Big Bear City 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 1000'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Dick Akawie, September 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive east on I-10 to I-215.
  • Drive north on I-215 to SR 210.
  • Drive east on SR 210 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.
  • Continue east on SR 38 for 6.5 miles to the junction of SR 38 and SR 18, north of Big Bear City.
  • Drive east on SR 18 for 7.5 miles to a dirt road 3N62 on the right. This is at mile marker 62.00. There is a pullout with ample parking along the highway. High clearance vehicles can turn right (east) onto the dirt road and drive in (following the hiking directions) a short distance and park.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (5800'), hike east along the dirt road 0.3 mile to a fork.
  • Keep left (north) for 0.2 mile along the road to a parking area, and then farther along the dirt road down into a gully.
  • Here turn left and hike up the gully to its end at a dirt road.
  • Turn right (east) and follow the road to its end at a large graded area.
  • Turn north up a canyon, approximately following cables to the top of the ridge.
  • Follow the spur ridge up to the main ridge where there is a dirt road.
  • Turn right (east) and follow the road up to the summit, which is at the east end of the ridge, and is a hole in the ground.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required
High Clearance 4WD vehicle required)
Distance: None
Gain: None
Time: None
Rating: Drive-up

Original: Dick Akawie, September 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 2

(Western approach)

  • Drive east on I-10 to I-215.
  • Drive north on I-215 to SR 210.
  • Drive east on SR 210 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.
  • Continue east on SR 38 for 6.5 miles to the junction of SR 38 and SR 18, north of Big Bear City.
  • Drive east then northwest on SR 18 for 10.8 miles to Silver Road (3N36). Turn right. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.2 mile, fork. Go right.
  • At 0.4 and 1.4 miles, forks. Go left.
  • At 1.6 miles, junction. Turn right.
  • At 1.8 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 2.9 miles, fork. Go left.
  • At 3.1 and 3.3 miles, forks. Go right.
  • At 3.7 miles, fork. Go left here and at another fork 50' farther.
  • At 3.8 miles, fork. Go left.
  • At 4.2 miles, summit.

(Northern approach)

  • Drive east on I-10 to I-15.
  • Drive north on I-15 to Bear Valley Road interchange in Hesperia.
  • Drive east on Bear Valley Road to SR 18 in Apple Valley.
  • Drive east on SR 18 to junction of SR 247 in Lucerne Valley (note odometer).
  • Drive southeast on SR 18 9.0 miles to Silver Road (3N36).
  • Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.2 mile, fork. Go right.
  • At 0.4 and 1.4 miles, forks. Go left.
  • At 1.6 miles, junction. Turn right.
  • At 1.8 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 2.9 miles, fork. Go left.
  • At 3.1 and 3.3 miles, forks. Go right.
  • At 3.7 miles, fork. Go left here and at another fork 50' farther.
  • At 3.8 miles, fork. Go left.
  • At 4.2 miles, summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

3N36 (Silver Road) has become increasing eroded over the years. High clearance 4WD vehicle required.


HISTORICAL NOTE

Cactus Jim Johnston, builder of "Johnston's Grade" (SR 18 between Lucerne Valley and Baldwin Lake), selected his burial site and is buried at Cactus Flat.

History of Summit Signature

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Published 30-July-2010
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