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Ten Thousand Foot Ridge

10,094'
(UTM 192746)

Location: San Bernardino County, about 14 miles north-northeast of Banning, 103 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Los Angeles and Vicinity, San Bernardino Mountain Area
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest, A Guide to the San Gorgonio Wilderness
USGS Topo: San Gorgonio Mountain 7½, Moonridge 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage (Older version)

Nearby Peaks: Lake Peak, Grinnell Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 11 1/2 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 2600'
Time: 6-7 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, December 1973

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 on the right, 1 mile past the first entrance to Heart Bar Campground. Turn right. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.2 miles, fork. Go right on 1N05, signed "Fish Creek".
  • At 2.8 miles, Aspen Grove Trail 2E05 goes west. Continue on the road. Note: The hike can be started here, adding about 3 miles round trip and 500' of gain, but saving 10 miles of dirt road driving.
  • At 6.9 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 7.2 miles, fork. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) crosses the road here. Go right.
  • At 7.6 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 7.7 miles, Fish Creek Trailhead (1W07). Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (8120'), hike on trail 1W07 southwest 1/2 mile to a junction with the Aspen Grove Trail (8040').
  • Keep left on 1W07 and continue about 4 miles to Fish Creek Saddle at 9805'.
  • Hike south up to the top of the ridge at 10,080'.
  • Turn left. (Turn right (west) to go to Lake Peak.)
  • Hike east along the ridge to a saddle at 9800'-.
  • Continue east up to the summit.

It is possible to descend from the saddle west of the peak down to the trail on the return. This route is a steep, loose class 2.


Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 15 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 3800'
Time: 7-9 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, December 1973

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 26 miles to Jenks Lake Road on the right. Turn right (south).
  • Continue to the signed South Fork Trailhead parking lot on the left. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (6900'), hike the South Fork Trail (1E04) past the old Poopout Hill trailhead to South Fork at Slushy Meadows where the Dry Lake Trail forks left (8200').
  • Turn left (southeast) and follow this trail 1 1/2 miles to Dry Lake where there is another trail fork.
  • Turn left and go 1/2 mile to Lodgepole Spring.
  • Continue 3/4 mile east cross-country up to Fish Creek Saddle at 9805'.
  • Hike south up to the top of the ridge at 10,080'.
  • Turn left. (Turn right (west) to go to Lake Peak.)
  • Hike east along the ridge to a saddle at 9800'-.
  • Continue east up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 8 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 3400' total, 2700' out plus 700' on return
Time: 7-9 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous
Navigation: Very difficult
Route Finding: Very difficult
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Byron Prinzmetal, August 2002

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 on the right, 1 mile past the first entrance to Heart Bar Campground. Turn right. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.2 miles, fork. Go right on 1N05, signed "Fish Creek".
  • At 2.8 miles, Aspen Grove Trail 2E05 goes west. Continue on the road. Note: The hike can be started here, adding about 3 miles round trip and 500' of gain, but saving 10 miles of dirt road driving.
  • At 6.9 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 7.2 miles, fork. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) crosses the road here. Go right.
  • At 7.6 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 7.7 miles, Fish Creek Trailhead (1W07). Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • From the parking area, hike south and then west to the saddle just south of bump 8490'.
  • Hike up the steep ridge to bump 9580' and then turn southeast and hike down to the saddle at 9450'.
  • From the saddle at 9450', hike up the ridge southwest to the original HPS 10K summit at 9930'.
  • From the original summit, hike generally west and northwest along the ridge passing bumps 9880', 9971', and 10,060' to the current summit.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Wilderness permit is required for all routes and is limited to 12 hikers. Permits are issued at Mill Creek Ranger Station, 8 miles from Redlands on SR 38. Day use permits are self-issue on the day of the hike or by mail. Overnight permits must be acquired in person or by mail.

Mill Creek Ranger Station
Route 1, Box 264
Mentone, CA 92359
(909) 794-1123

HISTORICAL NOTES

In 1968 the HPS placed a register on Peak 9930 at the extreme east end of the ridge. The HPS moved the official summit to its current location on Peak 10,094' in 1974.

Excerpts from the original register book that was still present on the original summit on 8/24/2002, which makes it over 32 years old:

8/10/68 Exploratory hike by the HPS of the LA Chapter:
How Bailey
Ray Redheffer
HPS scheduled trip on 10/18/68:
Bob and Joyce Van Allen
Barbara Mazur 205
Richard Akawie 243
Alice Akawie
Luella Martin
John Linden
Sam Fink (He did the peak a whole bunch of times as we saw his signature at least three times)
Mary Kempen
Later entries on various days:
Mary Hines (?)
Jim Fleming
John Backus
Frank Dobos
Frank Goodykoontz
Carleton Shay
Stag Brown
Bob Cat Thompson

The name of this peak is commonly abbreviated to "10K Ridge".

History of Summit Signature

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 17-December-2005
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