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28N

Rock Point

5280'+
(UTM 383176)

Location: Riverside County, about 12 miles southeast of Idyllwild, 120 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

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: Butterfly Peak

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 4 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 720'
Time: 2-3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

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 Peak Road.
  • At 0.8 mile, fork. Go right on Table Mountain Road.
  • At 1.0 mile, a narrow dirt road on the right, marked "Private Property". All vehicles must park here along Table Mountain Road.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area (4560'+), hike southeast on the private lane to a T-intersection in front of a house, about 150 yards.
  • 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 from the cars. This is the turnoff for Butterfly Peak.
  • Take the right fork, follow the poor jeep road south about 3/4 mile to a clearing. (The last 1/2 mile of this road is a well-travelled footpath/horsetrail.)
  • From here, the peak is visible to the south. There may be a stake in a rock cairn to mark the start of the route, with a second stake in about 50 yards. Also, at the start of the route on your right side (west) is a pile of wood boards.
  • Head toward the summit along a shallow stream bed, looking for a ducked route that leads off to the left (east). Follow this route to the summit. It is not necessary to climb the large class 5 summit block. The register is below the summit block.

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

Distance: 2 miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 550'
Time: 2-3 hours round trip
Navigation: Difficult
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Wayne Bannister, December 2012

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • 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 10.5 miles to Devil's Ladder Road and turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 0.5 mile, reach an opening in a white fence. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (4590'+), hike east on a dirt road/easement toward a water tower. After a approximately 1/4 miles the dirt road/easement crosses a paved road. Continue up the dirt road to the water tower.
  • On the east side on of the water tower is a use trail going east to a ridge. The use trail is rocky and somewhat hard to follow.
  • From the ridge follow the use trail northeast to the peak.

NOTES

The summit is not the elevation 5282' on the topo; it is the one 0.3 mile west-southwest of elevation 5282'.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 18-July-2013
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