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23I

Chaparrosa Peak

5541'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 7 miles west-northwest of Yucca Valley, 128 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity
USGS Topo: Rimrock 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 6 miles round trip on road, trail, and cross-country
Gain: 1200'
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Bill T. Russell, June 1989

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Drive east on I-10 past Banning to SR 62.
  • Go north on SR 62 to Pioneertown Road in Yucca Valley. Turn left.
  • Go north on Pioneertown Road 7.3 miles to Pipes Canyon Road. Turn left (west).
  • Go 0.6 mile to a fork. Go right.
  • Continue 0.3 mile farther to a parking area at a locked gate ("The Pipes", UTM 421811). Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4460'), hike south past the locked gate, cross the wash and hike up the jeep road to UTM 415800, which is about 3/4 mile from the parking area.
  • Here the jeep road ceases to go roughly southwest up the broad ridge. Instead it turns south at a constant elevation. Leave the road on the right at a trail marked by the figure of a horse painted on a rock and continue up the ridge on this trail.
  • The trail ascends for 100', crosses the crest of the ridge, and descends into a broad wash. It crosses the wash, and goes south up the wash to a saddle at UTM 406796. It then goes on the south side of a bump to a saddle 250 meters to the southwest at UTM 404787.
  • Leave the trail here and go west up through some rocks to the summit. On the return trip it is pleasant to descend the broad ridge over elevation 5315'.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 8 miles round trip on road, trail, and cross-country
Gain: 1300'
Time: 3-4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Dick Akawie and Al Campbell, September 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Drive east on I-10 past Banning to SR 62.
  • Go north on SR 62 to Pioneertown Road in Yucca Valley. Turn left.
  • Go north on Pioneertown Road 7.3 miles to Pipes Canyon Road. Turn left (west).
  • Go 0.6 mile to a fork. Go right.
  • Continue 0.3 mile farther to a parking area at a locked gate ("The Pipes", UTM 421811). Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4460'), hike west down the road into Pipes Canyon about 2 miles to where the canyon bottom widens out and a prominent canyon comes down from the south-southeast.
  • At the point where the road forks and a wash goes off to the left (south), go up the wash and follow ducks to pick up an old trail which goes south-southeast up the canyon.
  • Follow it about 1/2 mile to a saddle at 5200'+. Then follow the trail up the slope southeast to the saddle northeast of elevation 5490'.
  • From here, contour southeast over two more bumps to the fourth bump, which is the summit. The register is on the east end.

NOTE

Since both routes share the same parking spot, they can be combined into an excellent loop trip.

ACCESS NOTE

Chaparrosa Peak burned over in the devastating Sawtooth Complex Fire of 2006. The peak is within the Pioneertown Mountains Preserve.

The preserve remains closed for fire restoration. However, in recent years, it has been possible to visit the preserve on alternating weekends during the cooler months for a guided walk on Route 1. Call (760) 369-7105 for reservations or more information. If you're a Sierra Club leader and would like to lead an outing, they may be able to accommodate you.

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Please report any corrections or changes (including the reopening of the Preserve) to the Mountain Records Chair.


Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 19-September-2010
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