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27I

Marion Mountain

10,320'+
(UTM 289394)

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, Jean Peak, San Jacinto Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 9 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 2000'
Time: 6-7 hours round trip
Rating: Class 3, moderate

Original: Charlie Knapke, July 1993

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').
  • Keep left at this junction and follow the trail southwest (downhill) through some switchbacks about 1/2 mile to Wellman Cienega.
  • Leave the trail on the right and hike cross-country up to the saddle northeast of Marion Mountain.
  • Turn left (south) and go up to the summit block. This is on the west end of the ridge.
  • To climb the summit block, start at an upright dead tree on the northeast side. Go up a crack for about 10'. Turn right for another 10'. Turn left into another crack that leads to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 16 miles round trip on trail
Gain: 4100'
Time: 9-10 hours round trip
Rating: Class 3, 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 Cienega.
  • Leave the trail on the left and hike cross-country up to the saddle northeast of Marion Mountain.
  • Turn left (south) and go up to the summit block. This is on the west end of the ridge.
  • To climb the summit block, start at an upright dead tree on the northeast side. Go up a crack for about 10'. Turn right for another 10'. Turn left into another crack that leads to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 3

From Jean Peak
Distance: 1.5 miles one way cross-country
Gain: 300'
Time: 1 hour one way
Rating: Class 3, strenuous with Jean Peak

DRIVING ROUTE 3

  • See the driving instructions for Routes 1 or 2 depending on your trailhead selection.

HIKING ROUTE 3

  • See the hiking instructions for Jean Peak.
  • From the summit of Jean Peak, hike south along the ridge passing a bump on its right side until you come to the saddle just north of Marion Mountain.
  • Go south up to the ridge.
  • Turn right and follow the ridge to its western end.
  • To climb the summit block, start at an upright dead tree on the northeast side. Go up a crack for about 10'. Turn right for another 10'. Turn left into another crack that leads to the summit.

NOTE

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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