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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
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
DRIVING ROUTE 1
- 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.
HIKING ROUTE 1
- 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
- Hike up the left fork past a mine shaft and equipment (non-operating)
to its end at another mineshaft, approximately 2 miles from the
- Go about 15 yards past the shaft to a brushed-out and ducked miner's
- 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
- 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
DRIVING ROUTE 2
- See the driving instructions for Ken Point
HIKING ROUTE 2
- 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
- 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.
Please report any corrections or changes to the
Mountain Records Chair.
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