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Wysup Peak

8990'

Location: San Bernardino County, about 9 miles northwest of Morongo Valley, 102 miles from Los Angeles

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Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topos: Onyx Peak 7½, Moonridge 7½
HPS: Route(s) using National Geographic Topo! software
JPG version (approximately 1.5 megs)

Nearby Peaks: Three Sisters, Heart Bar Peak

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ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 6.6 miles round trip
Gain: 1538'
Time: 4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Jennifer Washington, May 2010

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR 38).
  • Go one block east, then go north (left) 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue. Turn right on SR 38 (east).
  • Continue east on SR 38 about 33 miles to 1N02, the road to Heart Bar Campground, on the right. Keep straight.
  • Continue 6.0 miles farther to Onyx Summit (8443').
  • Large open space on right - park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (8443'), hike up the road on the right until junction of PCT reached, approximately 100 yards.
  • Continue on PCT south. At 2 miles a wild animal preserve is encountered on your left. (Two grizzly bears are visible.) The PCT passes through private property for the next 300 feet - crossing Rainbow Lane and continuing up a dirt road.
  • At approximately 3 miles the PCT turns abruptly to the right/east. Continue on the trail for about 0.8 miles, where it climbs to 8750'.
  • On the right a large open/flat gully joins the PCT, just before the trail heads downhill.
  • Follow gully veering toward left to avoid rocks/boulders.
  • Continue west toward visible summit. Wysup Peak is the second summit block.

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ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 3.9 miles round trip
Gain: 875'
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Easy

Original: Gary Schenk, May 2010

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR 38).
  • Go one block east, then go north (left) 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue. Turn right on SR 38 (east).
  • Continue east on SR 38 about 33 miles to 1N02, the road to Heart Bar Campground, on the right. Turn right. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.2 miles, fork. Go left (east) on 1N02 at sign "Coon Creek".
  • At 1.5 miles, fork. Go left (east) on 1N02.
  • At 5.4 miles, a parking area for the PCT, park here, at Coon Creek Jumpoff.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (8060'), follow the PCT to the north, passing to the west of point 8672.
  • Continue on PCT north to a saddle that has an intersection with abandoned 4WD road. Continue north on the obvious tread of the PCT, climbing slightly to a high point on the trail at 8750'.
  • On the left a large open/flat gully joins the PCT, just before the trail heads downhill.
  • Follow the gully westerly, veering toward left to avoid rocks/boulders.
  • Continue west toward visible summit. Wysup Peak is the second summit block.

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ROUTE 3

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 8.3 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 2130' total, 1904' out plus 226' on return
Time: 6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderately strenuous
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Greg de Hoogh, July 2010

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • Take I-10 east past San Bernardino to the Orange Street exit (SR 38).
  • Go one block east, then go north (left) 0.5 mile to Lugonia Avenue. Turn right on SR 38 (east).
  • Continue east on SR 38 about 33 miles to 1N02, the road to Heart Bar Campground, on the right. Keep straight.
  • Go another 1.6 miles farther east on SR 38 to an obscure, paved road signed 1N38 that intersects the main highway at a right angle (mileage marker 32.12 marks the exact spot). Turn right. Park on this road just off the main highway or drive downhill (pavement ends within 50') to a clearing and park about 100 yards from the highway turnoff.

This point may be reached from Big Bear City by driving about 13.5 miles east and then south on SR 38.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the parking ara (7240'), go up the seldom-driven jeep track that starts at the parking area and runs southeast along the base of the slope.
  • Follow the dirt road past a gully, then up switchbacks for about 1.4 miles total until it crosses aridge at 7900'. Continue on the road another 800 feet as it goes around to the north side of this ridge and then heads south and crosses the ridge again at 8000'. Leave the trail here and go up the ridge on the left. (Stay on the road to instead visit Heart Bar Peak.)
  • At 8500', the road crosses the ridge again briefly. Continue on the road again to where it ends at 8700'. (It is also possible to continue up the ridge to this same point.)
  • Follow the ridge east over point 8868' and down to a saddle at 8650' where another road crosses. Follow this road to the left for approximately 0.4 mile as it contours around the north side of point 8763'. Leave the road on the right and go back onto the top of the ridge.
  • Stay on the ridge as it continues east and then southeast past point 8745'. Shortly, yet another road comes up to the ridge from the south and follows the ridge for about 0.2 mile.
  • Where the road continues east, contouring around the north side of the ridge, turn southeast and go between the ridge on the left and a rocky bump on the right. This leads to a large bowl. The peak is at the southeast corner of this bowl.

Note: One alternative is to simply follow the road up from the parking area to 8700'. However, the road is very steep and slippery between 8200' and 8500'. It is also possible to hike up the ridge starting at Highway 38 just east of the turnoff for 1N02.


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Published 21-July-2011
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