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Drury Peak

10,160'+

Location: Riverside County, about 9 miles west of Palm Springs, 112 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

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

Nearby Peaks: Jean Peak, Marion Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1 - Marion Mtn Trail

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 10 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 3800'
Time: 7 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous

Original: Joe Young, January 2000

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-10 to Banning. Exit at 8th Street (SR 243 to Idyllwild). Turn right at end of off-ramp. Note odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.2 mile, turn left.
  • At 0.7 mile, turn right on to San Gorgonio Avenue.
  • At 1.4 miles, keep left on SR 243.
  • Drive south on SR 243 for 19 miles to a junction with a paved road, Azalea Trail (NF-4S02).
  • Turn left and proceed 1.6 miles to a wide dirt parking area just before the Marion Mountain Campground entrance. Trailhead is signed "Marion Mtn Trail." Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (6300'), proceed east up the very steep Marion Mountain Trail to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2 miles.
  • Turn left. In about 0.4 mile there is a junction with the Seven Pines Trail. Continue straight (east) toward the Deer Spring Camp.
  • In another 0.4 mile meet the junction with the Fuller Ridge Trail (PCT). Continue straight on the Deer Spring Trail.
  • Proceed 1 1/2 miles to Little Round Valley (9600').
  • Upon entering the campground, head SSE and hike about 0.3 mile cross-country to the saddle just east of Drury peak.
  • Turn west and hike up a gentle rocky slope. The summit block is attained via an easy second-class scramble.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Wilderness permits are required under all circumstances. Permits are limited to 12 hikers. Permits may be obtained from the Idyllwild Ranger Station 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 NOTES

Drury Peak is named for Newton Drury, who led the fight in the 1940's and 1950's to prevent extensive development, including ski facilities, on and around Mt. San Jacinto. Except for the Palm Springs Tram itself, his efforts were successful. Arguably, the San Jacinto Wilderness exists today due to the efforts of Newton Drury.

NATURAL SCIENCE NOTES

The summit area is covered by an especially beautiful example of the high-altitude limber pine forest of the San Jacintos.

The summit yields a fine view of the San Jacinto crest from Folly to Marion from a unique western perspective.

History of Summit Signature

Climbing Archives

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 11-August-2008
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