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31E

Beauty Peak

5548'

Location: Riverside County, about 25 miles south-southeast of Hemet, 125 miles from Los Angeles

Maps

Auto Club: Riverside County, San Diego County
Forest Service: Cleveland National Forest
USGS Topo: Beauty Mountain 7½
HPS: Routes using National Geographic Topo! software
JPG version (approximately 762K)

Nearby Peaks: Iron Spring Mountain

Printable version of this route

ROUTE 1

Distance: 6 miles round trip cross-country (8.5 miles combined with Iron Spring Mountain
Gain: 1700' (2700' combined with Iron Spring Mountain)
Time: 4-5 hours round trip (7-8 hours combined with Iron Spring Mountain)
Rating: Class 1, moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Route: Brushy, very brushy if not maintained

Original: John Backus, June 1977

DRIVING ROUTE 1

  • Take I-15 south to Temecula.
  • Take the South SR 79 exit. This is the second of two SR 79 exits. It says 79 South. Please make sure you have enough gas. There are plenty of gas stations along SR 79 for the first 2 miles or so.
  • Go east on SR 79 17.4 miles to Aguanga. Turn left on SR 371.
  • Go northeast 6.3 miles to Bradford Road. Turn right on paved road (not the dirt road immediately before). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 1.1 miles, Bradford Road turns right and is named Tule Valley Road.
  • At 1.5 miles, go left (east) on Hernley Road (dirt). At 3.5 miles the road name changes to Elder Creek Road.
  • At 5.0 miles there is a "T" junction, turn right (south) on Bonny Lane.
  • At 5.7 miles, junction. Go left (east) on Tule Peak Road.
  • At 6.5 miles there is a pull off on the right, just past a cable box on the right side of the road, and opposite two roads going north. Park here.

HIKING ROUTE 1

  • (UTM 269033 nad 27). There is an old road on the right that heads southeast. From the parking area (4450'), hike along this old road (about 1/3 mile) to its end at UTM 273029 nad 27.
  • Hike west over a hillock, avoiding brush, to the base of the major gully (0.6 mile) that runs north-south (UTM 270026 nad 27).
  • Go up the left side of the gully (at a possible duck) until you get past a dry waterfall.
  • Then continue south along the gully to where it forks at an open area just before a fence (1.3 miles).
  • Take the right fork, cross the fence, and follow the gully southwest over a shallow saddle (brushy).
  • Go south down another gully to a low earthen dam with a road on it (1.8 miles). This is turnoff for Iron Spring Mountain.
  • Turn right (west) onto the road and hike uphill about 1/4 mile to where the road tops a ridge and starts down (2.1 miles).
  • Leave the road here and follow a (hopefully) clipped use trail on the ridge south over a couple of bumps, into a saddle, and up to the summit (3.0 miles).

ALTERNATE ROUTES

Another way to get to Beauty Peak is from the south. Take Highway 79 through Oak Grove. Turn onto the Chihuahua Valley Road. This is a paved highway. About 3 miles east will be a turn-off to the left. It is not signed, but there may be an old wagon with the name of a ranch or farm on it at the turn-off. This is the beginning of the Cooper-Cieniga Truck Tail. This is a dirt road, but is in pretty good shape. It skirts the east side of Beauty Peak. You can hike into Beauty Peak and Iron Mountain from this truck trail, which appears on the topographic maps.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

With the passage of time brush grows and regrows. The hiker should be prepared to find the route overgrown with brush and the clipped route obscured. Conditions in the field are dynamic and changes over time are to be expected.

Seasonal tick blooms have been observed in the major gully. Light-colored clothing and frequent inspections are recommended.


NOTE

The peak is usually climbed with Iron Spring Mountain.

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Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
Published 17-November-2011
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