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28E

Antsell Rock

7679'

Location: Riverside County, about 5 miles east-southeast of Idyllwild, 115 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

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

Nearby Peaks: Southwell Peak ("South" on USGS topos), Apache Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 14 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
Gain: 3600' total, 3200' out plus 400' on return
Time: 8-9 hours round trip
Rating: Class 3, strenuous
Navigation: Difficult

Original: John Backus, July 1987

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Go south on I-215 to the Ramona Expressway. Turn left (east).
  • Go east and then southeast on the Ramona Expressway until it ends at SR 74. Turn left (east).
  • Go east on SR 74 to Mountain Center.
  • Continue east on SR 74 for 3.5 miles to Apple Canyon Road on the left. Turn left.
  • Pass the entrance to the Hurkey Creek Campground on the left and continue 2.6 miles to a large parking area on the left. Park here. This is the parking area for the Spitler Peak Trail.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • The Spitler Peak Trail, 3E22, begins at a square post at the north end of the parking area. From the parking area (4950'), hike up the trail to where it meets the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) on the ridge between Apache Peak and Spitler Peak.
  • Turn left (north) and follow the trail to a trail junction just south of the two summits of Apache Peak. The PCT goes right.
  • Keep left and hike up to the saddle between the two summits. Hike north along the main ridge until it descends again to the PCT north of Apache Peak.
  • Continue on the PCT until you reach the saddle between Apache Peak and Antsell Rock (about 6900'), just west of the boundary of Sections 23 and 24. There is a trail junction (not obvious) near this saddle. The trail to the left goes down Apple Canyon about 2 miles to the Zen Center, then another 2 miles on a road to the Spitler Peak Trail trailhead. Continue northwest along the PCT.
  • Go about 1/2 mile farther on the PCT to a minor gully where there should be a duck on the uphill (left) side of the trail.
  • Leave the trail and go up the loose steep slope to a saddle between two rocky prominences. The one to the right (west) is the summit.
  • From this saddle, go along a brushed-out trail along the left side of the summit prominence about 15 yards.
  • Then follow a ducked class 3 route up the rocky face to the summit ridge and then left up to the summit.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

From Southwell Peak
(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 1.5 miles one way on trail, use trail, and cross-country
Gain: 500'
Time: 2 hours one way
Rating: Class 3, strenuous with Southwell Peak
Navigation: Difficult

Original: Frank Dobos, November 1992

DRIVING ROUTE 2

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From Southwell Peak, descend back to the PCT.
  • Hike this trail south past bump 7520'+ to saddle (7200'-) on the ridge just before the trail descends on the left (east) side. This is about 1/2 mile north-northwest of Antsell Rock.
  • Leave the trail here and follow the rocky ridge that alternates between class 1 and class 2. Pass the rocky bump just north of Antsell on the right (west) side and hike up to the face of Antsell in a narrow notch.
  • Facing Antsell, a large class 3 crack goes up to the right. Go up this crack to a ledge at the top.
  • Turn left and contour left up past some trees into a gully. Go up this gully crossing an easier rock path until you come out on the ridge.
  • Turn right and go up the ridge to the summit.

ALTERNATE ROUTES

If you hiked in from the southeast, it is not necessary to go all the way back to the saddle where you left the trail. Descend back down into the notch at the base of the vertical crack. From here descend east-northeast down a steep gully to the PCT. There are one or two spots on this route that make it hard to ascend. Descending is no problem except for possible rock fall.

Alternatively, you can descend via Route 1 to the saddle southeast of Antsell Rock. It is recommended that you have ascended this route before using it for a descent.

It is recommended that this peak be climbed with someone who is already familiar with the route.


SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Trips to this Peak listed in the Schedule must be led by "M" rated leaders or above, or by "I" rated leaders approved by the Angeles Chapter Safety Committee.

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

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 16-October-2005
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