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26D

Ryan Mountain

5457'

Location: Riverside County, about 10 miles southwest of Twentynine Palms, 145 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Riverside County
National Park Service: Joshua Tree National Park
USGS Topo: Keys View 7½, Indian Cove 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 3 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 1100'
Time: 1 1/2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, February 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-10 east past Banning to the intersection with SR 62.
  • Go north on SR 62 to the Park Road in the town of Joshua Tree with a sign "Joshua Tree National Park". Turn right.
  • Drive 16 miles on this road to the intersection with the Keys View Road. Keep left.
  • Continue 2.0 miles farther to a large parking lot on the right. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4391'), hike south on the trail that starts at a sign "Ryan Mtn." about 300 yards to a junction.
  • Turn right and hike up the Ryan Mountain Trail to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 4 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 1000'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Sandy Burnside, Southern Courtney, and Byron Prinzmetal, November 2002

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the Ryan Mountain Trail parking lot (see Route 1), continue 0.6 mile further east to the entrance of Sheep Pass Group Campground. Park here on the north side of the road in the pullout. Do not park in the campground unless you have reservations.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4489'), hike into the campground along the campground road to the site furthest east.
  • Turn right (southeast), hike through this campsite and onto a well defined trail that goes generally south.
  • The trail splits at 0.7 mile from your start. Take the western fork and continue until the trail ends.
  • From this point, hike 0.6 mile at a bearing of 220° aiming for the ridge that runs east to west and ends up 0.25 mile north of the peak (at the letter "O" in the word Mountain on the HPS topo map).
  • Ascend this ridge.
  • The Ryan Mountain Trail crosses the ridge near its top. Turn south (left) on the Ryan Mountain Trail and hike 0.25 mile to the top.

NOTES

It is possible to hike from the top of Ryan Mountain to Lost Horse Mountain. See the Lost Horse Mountain guide for details.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 24-January-2014
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