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26H

Bernard Peak

5430'

Location: Riverside County, about 12 miles northeast of Indio, 130 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

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

Nearby Peaks: Little Berdoo Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 3 1/2 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 1200'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Frank Goodykoontz, December 1990

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 5.3 miles on the Loop Road to the Geology Tour Road on the right (south). This dirt road also goes to Squaw Tank. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 5.6 miles, fork. Go left (one way road) and cross a dry lake.
  • At 7.9 miles, fork. Go left (south) on Berdoo Canyon Road.
  • At 11.4 miles, fork. Go straight.
  • At 12.5 miles, the road crosses a wash just before the end of a ridge on the right. Park here. Parking is limited.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4270'), hike northwest up the wash 3/4 mile to a shallow saddle.
  • Turn right and follow the ridge northwest about a mile over one bump and up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(National Park Service Entrance Fee)
Distance: 6 miles round trip cross-country
Gain: 1500'
Time: 3-4 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Moderate
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: E. Andreosky and Paul A. Lipsohn, November 1968

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • 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 5.3 miles on the Loop Road to the Geology Tour Road on the right (south). This dirt road also goes to Squaw Tank. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 5.6 miles, fork. Go left (one way road) and cross a dry lake.
  • At 7.9 miles, fork. Go left (south) on Berdoo Canyon Road.
  • At 11.4 miles, fork. Go straight.
  • At 12.5 miles, the road crosses a wash just before the end of a ridge on the right. This is the parking spot for Route 1.
  • Continue south 0.5 mile. Park where convenient.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4150'), hike west-northwest across a number of small gullies to a large sandy wash, shown as an intermittent stream on the topo.
  • Go northwest up this wash about 1 1/2 miles, ignoring all side gullies, to where it narrows down and divides into two washes, one heading north (with a dead tree in it), and the other heading west. There may ducks on each side of the wash at this point. The wash heading west heads for Little Berdoo. The wash heading north heads for Bernard.
  • Ascend the ridge to the right of the north fork to the top of the main ridge, where the rocky summit of Bernard is visible. Continue up to the summit.

NOTES

This peak is normally done as a loop trip in combination with Little Berdoo Peak. Route 2 statistics for the loop: about 6 1/2 miles round trip, 1800' gain.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 15-December-2005
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