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Ascent of Keller Peak on 1995-06-23

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, June 23, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Keller Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7882 ft / 2402 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak is probably named for Francis D. Keller, a native of Illinois and pioneer farmer in the area after 1854. (Gudde, p. 162) The lookout tower was built in 1926 to help control destructive fires. The 52,000 acre November 1970 Bear Creek fire burned over the top of the mountain. (Robinson, "The San Bernardinos", p. 101 and 106)

In the San Bernardino National Forest and open to public access. The road is not plowed and may be closed in winter months. The lookout tower is manned by volunteers in the summer season and visitors are welcome from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Arrowhead Ranger District office is at 28104 Hwy. 18, Skyforest, CA 92378 Phone: (909) 337-2444.

Keller Peak has a good paved road all the way to the Forest Service lookout tower at the top. From the San Bernardino area take highway 330 north up into the San Bernardino Mountains to the community of Running Springs. At the junction of highway 18 which is 0.1 mile east of an overpass in Running Springs reset your odometer and continue 1.0 mile further east on route 18 and then turn right onto Keller Peak Road. This is forest road 1N96. Continue on this narrow, winding paved road for 4.0 miles and turn right at a junction. On the left at this junction is a paved parking area and toilet at the entrance to the National Children's Forest. At 4.6 miles go past a gate if it is open and then reach the top at 5.8 miles. Park here below the lookout tower. The benchmark is on a boulder under the tower. Slide Peak is nearby to the northeast and can be reached from this road. 6/95 RLC
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