USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Riverside County, about 12 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: Butterfly Peak
- 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
- 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.