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Toro Peak


Location: Riverside County, about 14 miles south-southwest of Palm Desert, 134 miles from Los Angeles


Auto Club: Riverside County
Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
USGS Topo: Toro Peak 7½
HPS: Route(s) using National Geographic Topo! software
PDF version (approximately 500K)

Nearby Peaks: Santa Rosa Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1 - South Gully from Reservation Boundary

Distance: 1 mile round trip cross-country in forest
Gain: 500'
Time: 1 hour round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Karen Leverich, 2003


  • Take SR 60 east to I-215.
  • 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 12.5 miles to the intersection with SR 371 on the right.
  • Continue east on SR 74 about 5.2 miles to a dirt road 7S02 on the right signed "Santa Rosa Mtn.". Turn right. Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 8.5 miles, fork to the left. Keep straight.
  • At 8.9 miles, fork to the left. Keep straight.
  • At 9.8 miles, fork. Turning sharply right leads to Santa Rosa Mountain. Continue straight.
  • At 11.5 miles, stop at the Y-junction and park near the junction.


  • From the parking area (7800'), hike up the right-hand road fork, which heads uphill to a nearby gate. The gate is often closed but sometimes open.
  • Leave the road at the gate and ascend a forested gully to the south.
  • Reach an obvious saddle after 400' gain, then turn right (west) and climb adjacent bump 8316'.
  • This bump is Toro West Peak, the register location. The traditional summit of Toro Peak lies 0.6 miles to the southeast and should be avoided.


The traditional (highest) summit of Toro Peak is located at an electronic site within the Santa Rosa Indian Reservation. Public access is currently restricted. This guide provides directions to the register location on the west summit, elevation 8316', which lies entirely within the National Forest.


7S02 may be closed during fire season or rainy season, and is treacherously icy in winter. For road condition, check with the Forest Service in Idyllwild, 909 382-2921.

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