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29A

Rouse Hill

5168'

Location: Riverside County, about 7 miles southwest of Idyllwild, 123 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Riverside County, San Jacinto Mountain Area
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topo: Idyllwild 7½, Blackburn Canyon 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage

Nearby Peaks: Thomas Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: None
Gain: None
Time: None
Rating: Drive-up

Original: John Backus, May 1982

DRIVING ROUTE 1

(Northern approach)

  • 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 5.2 miles to a dirt road (6S13) on the right just past Lake Hemet. Turn right. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 4.5 miles, fork with a sign "Thomas Mtn 3, Rouse Hill 7". This is the turnoff for Thomas Mountain. Turn right.
  • At 5.3 miles, fork with a gate and a sign "5S15". Go right through the gate. Note your odometer again and go as follows:
  • At 3.8 miles, sign "South Fork Trail".
  • At 4.5 miles, Milky Spring with a windmill.
  • At 5.5 miles, the road tops a low rise and starts downhill. There is a triangular metal sign on the left at the high point reading "JU30". Go about 100 yards farther and park.

(Southern approach)

  • Take I-15 south to Temecula.
  • Go east on SR 79 to Aguanga. Turn left on SR 371.
  • Drive 13.2 miles to Bautista Road on the left. Turn left. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 2.2 miles, a left turn and the pavement ends.
  • At 4.3 miles, a sign "Locked Gate Ahead". Turn right.
  • At 5.9 miles, fork. Go left.
  • At 6.5 miles, fork. Go right.
  • At 8.8 miles, fork and a gate on left with a sign "5S15". Go left through the gate. Continue as in the northern approach.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • From the parking area, hike about 500' to the summit, which is the high point of the rise to the northwest.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

Any of these Forest Service roads may be closed for fire or rainy season or other reasons. Before investing in a long, perhaps pointless, drive ... check with the Forest Service at Idyllwild: (909) 382-2921


Printable version of this route

ROUTE 2

(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 10 miles round trip on trail and road
Gain: 2000'
Time: 5 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, moderate

Original: John Backus, May 1982

DRIVING ROUTE 2

  • Go south on I-15 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 12.0 miles to the South Fork Trail trailhead on the right. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 2

  • From the parking area (3869'), hike south along the trail that starts here, and goes along the east side of the canyon. It then drops down into the canyon and crosses the South Fork of the San Jacinto River.
  • Cross the river at the crossing provided (may be difficult during spring run-off) and continue up the other side of the canyon to saddle 4840'+ where the trail meets a jeep road.
  • At this point head west-northwest to go over bump 5040'+ and down its other side to meet the Rouse Hill Road (5S15) in saddle 4900' at a wire gate.
  • Turn right and hike the road to its high point at the triangular sign "JU30".
  • Then leave the road and head northwest to the summit.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 21-January-2014
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