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Location: Riverside County, about 9 miles west of Palm Springs, 112 miles from Los Angeles
- Auto Club: Riverside County, Los Angeles and Vicinity
- Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
- USGS Topo: San Jacinto Peak 7½
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.
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.
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
P.O. Box 518
Idyllwild, CA 92549
Voice: (909) 382-2921
Fax: (951) 659-2107
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.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.
Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
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