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Little Cahuilla Mountain


Location: Riverside County, about 11 miles south-southwest of Idyllwild, 125 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club: Riverside County
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topo: Cahuilla Mtn 7½
HPS: Route(s), waypoints and explanation of usage (Older version)

Nearby Peaks: Cahuilla Mountain

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass required)
Distance: 2 1/2 miles round trip on use trail and cross-country
Gain: 700'
Time: 2 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy
Navigation: Moderate

Original: Ham Barhydt, September 1977


(Northern approach)

  • 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 at the junction with Idyllwild Highway (SR 243).
  • Continue east on SR 74 for 12.5 miles to the intersection with SR 371 on the right. Turn right.
  • Go 9.5 miles on SR 371 to Cary Road on the right. Turn right. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 3.7 miles, fork, with sign "Tripp Flats". Go left (west).
  • At 4.5 miles, fork, with Tripp Flats Station on the right. Go left (west) on 6S22, through a gate.
  • At 6.1 miles, saddle and road fork. This is the parking for Cahuilla Mountain.
  • At 6.2 miles, fork. Go right on 6S22.
  • At 7.5 miles, fork with sign "Allesandro Trail". Park here.

(Southern approach)

  • Take I-15 south to Temecula.
  • Go east on SR 79 about 17 miles to Aguanga. Turn left on SR 371.
  • Go northeast on SR 371 for 11 1/4 miles to Cary Road. Turn left.
  • Continue as in the northern approach.


  • From the parking area (4520'+), begin hiking on an obvious trail leaving to the west.
  • After a short distance, look for a boulder where a clipped and ducked use trail leaves the main trail and heads west-northwest following the ridge to the top of the prominent bump 4930'.
  • From here, follow the trail along the ridge west-southwest around a rocky bump, up over elevation 4920'+, down into a saddle, and up to the summit.


With the passage of time ducks disappear and brush regrows. The hiker should be prepared to find no ducks in place and the route completely overgrown with brush. Conditions in the field are dynamic and changes over time are to be expected.

Dirt roads in the area may be closed for fire or rainy season. Check with the Forest Service in Idyllwild: (909) 382-2921

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 16-October-2005
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