USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: San Bernardino County, about 41 miles northeast of San Bernardino, 143 miles from Los Angeles
- Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
- USGS Topo: Rattlesnake Canyon 7½, Bighorn Canyon 7½
explanation of usage
Nearby Peaks: Meeks Mountain
- Distance: 6 miles round trip on road
- Gain: 1100' total, 850' out plus 250' on return
- Time: 2-3 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 1, easy
- Navigation: Easy
- Leader Rating: "O", normal conditions
Original: John Backus, January 1974
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- Take I-10 east through Banning to SR 62.
- Go north and east on SR 62 to SR 247 in Yucca Valley. Go left
- Drive 11.5 miles to the New Dixie Mine Road. Turn left. Note your
odometer and go as follows:
- At 8.0 miles, fork. Go either way as the roads rejoin after 1/4
- At 8.6 miles, fork. Go straight.
- At 9.2 miles, fork. This is the turnoff for Meeks
Mountain. Turn right. Turn right again immediately.
- At 10.0 miles, the road drops into a wash.
- At 10.1 miles, the road leaves the wash on the left side.
- At 10.8 miles, two forks. Go left at both. Park here. (The dirt road
beyond this point becomes very rough and must not be driven beyond the
Bighorn Mountains Wilderness boundary at 5720'.)
HIKING ROUTE 1
- From the parking area (5299'), hike 1/2 mile up the final left
fork to another fork on the right
with a pile of boards at a cabin foundation on the fork to the left.
the right fork here and hike the road up to the summit plateau.
- Turn left
at all forks and continue to the register which is not found on the
highest bump in the area, but on the top of a rocky outcrop at the
northwest corner of the plateau, about 40' to the left (west) of the
road. Just beyond this spot the road drops down to an obvious vista point
with an impressive view of desert floor.
The New Dixie Mine Road is very sandy and not recommended for passenger
cars. High clearance or 4WD vehicles are required.