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27H

Jean Peak

10,670'

Location: Riverside County, about 8 miles west of Palm Springs, 112 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Riverside County
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topo: San Jacinto Peak 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Folly Peak, Cornell Peak, San Jacinto Peak, Marion Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 10 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 2400'
Time: 5-6 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, moderate

Original: John Backus, August 1982

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-10 east past Banning to the junction with SR 111.
  • Take SR 111 southeast 8.5 miles to the Palm Springs Tramway Road. Turn right.
  • Go up this road 3.7 miles to its end at the tramway terminal. Park where indicated by the signs in this area.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • Take the tram (fee required) to the upper station at 8560'.
  • Go downstairs and exit the building. Follow the concrete sidewalk as it descends to the valley below.
  • Continue straight ahead to a ranger station.
  • Continue about 1/4 mile to a trail junction with a sign "Round Valley - 2".
  • Keep right and continue to Round Valley Campground.
  • Keep left here at a junction and continue up to Wellman Divide (9700').
  • Turn right at this junction and continue up to a junction at a saddle just below the peak.
  • Turn left and go south along the ridge across a small bump and down into a saddle.
  • Continue south along the ridge keeping to the left and then up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 16 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 4500'
Time: 9-10 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • From the Chevron Station in Idyllwild, go northeast on North Circle Drive for 0.8 mile to South Circle Drive. Turn right.
  • Go 0.1 mile to Fern Valley Road. Turn left.
  • Go 1.8 miles to the loop at the end of the road in Humber Park. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From Humber Park (6480'), hike up the Devils Slide Trail to Saddle Junction at 8080'. This is a multiple trail junction.
  • Take the far left trail and continue up to Wellman Divide.
  • Turn left at this junction and continue up to a junction at a saddle just below the peak.
  • Turn left and go south along the ridge across a small bump and down into a saddle.
  • Continue south along the ridge keeping to the left and then up to the summit.

Temperatures are 30-40° cooler on the peak than on the valley floor. Please dress accordingly.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Wilderness permits are required under all circumstances. Permits for day hikes can be obtained from the Long Valley ranger station (near the tram) for Route 1. For Route 2, they may be obtained at Idyllwild Ranger Station, as can permits for backpacking. Permits are limited to 12 hikers. The Idyllwild Ranger Station is just off SR 243 at 54270 Pine Crest Road. There is a self-issue permit stand outside of the ranger station. Permits may be obtained in advance from:

    San Jacinto Ranger District
    54270 Pinecrest
    P.O. Box 518
    Idyllwild, CA 92549
    Voice: (909) 382-2921
    Fax: (951) 659-2107

HISTORICAL NOTE

The area was designated a State Park in 1937.

History of Summit Signature

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 13-October-2005
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