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Butterfly Peak


Location: Riverside County, about 11 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 120 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club: Riverside County, San Jacinto Mountain Area
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topo: Butterfly Peak 7½
HPS: Route(s) using National Geographic Topo! software

Nearby Peaks: Ken Point, Rock Point

Printable version of this route


Distance: 6 miles round trip on trail, road, and cross-country
Gain: 1700'
Time: 4-5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, moderate

Original: Warren E. von Pertz, August 1967


  • Take I-10 or SR 60 east to SR 79 in Beaumont. Take exit south to SR 79.
  • Go south on SR 79 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 (junction with Idyllwild Highway - SR 243).
  • Continue east on SR 74 for 10.1 miles to Toolbox Springs Road on the left. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.6 mile, fork. Go left on Butterfly Mountain Road.
  • At 0.8 mile, fork. Go right on Table Mountain Road.
  • At 1.0 mile, a narrow dirt road on the right, with a "private property" sign. All vehicles must park here along Table Mountain Road.


  • From the parking area (4560'+), hike southeast on the paved road for about 150 yards to a T intersection in front of a house.
  • Turn left and hike along a fence. After about 1/8 mile, the road turns sharply right at a locked gate, and goes uphill.
  • Keep right at a fork and continue on to another fork just southeast of Gold Hill (on topo, about 1 mile). This is the turnoff for Rock Point.
  • Hike up the left fork past a mine shaft and equipment (non-operating) to its end at another mineshaft, approximately 2 miles from the cars.
  • Go about 15 yards past the shaft to a brushed-out and ducked miner's trail.
  • Follow this trail steeply up to the top of a ridge and curve around a bump on your left until you come to a saddle between the bump on your left and the ridgeline coming down from the top of Butterfly summit.
  • From the saddle follow the ducks going northwest and down into a shallow canyon.
  • From there the use trail contours in a northerly direction below the western slopes of the rocky summit ridge heading for a small gully. Eventually, the ducked route bears right (northeast) near the base of the gully and ascends the slope to the ridge.
  • Turn left and continue a short distance to the summit.

The route is generally clear of brush.

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 19 miles round trip on road, trail, and cross-country including Ken Point.
Gain: 4300' total, 3700' out plus 600' on return
Time: 10-11 hours round trip
Rating: Class 2, strenuous
Leader Rating: "I", normal conditions

Original: Terri Sutor, December 1990


  • See the driving instructions for Ken Point Route 1.


  • See the Ken Point guide for climbing Route 1.
  • From the first road crossing on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), turn left and go west about 1/2 mile to an intersection in the center of a canyon.
  • Turn right and go north along this road to a fork.
  • Go left on a 4WD road keeping left at a fork. This road turns right (northwest) at a corral.
  • Continue to where the road turns left, leave it on the right and follow the ridge up to the summit.
  • Retrace your steps back to the center of the canyon. Now take the right fork and follow it up past Tunnel Spring to the PCT in a saddle.
  • Turn right and go a short distance and pass through a gate. Here you will rejoin Ken Point Route 1.


All other roads in the area are private. Do not attempt to hike along either road that runs parallel to the PCT.

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