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Ascent of Slide Peak on 1995-06-23

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Friday, June 23, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Slide Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:7841 ft / 2389 m

Ascent Trip Report

The name was given to the mountain after a winter earthquake caused a landslide down into Bear Creek around 1900. An earthen dam almost 100 ft. high created Slide Lake which later gave way. (Quirarte)

The peak is at the top of the Snow Valley Ski Area. The area is open to hiking from the Keller Peak Road in the summer months. There are two chair lifts ending at the top and one could ride them to the summit in the winter months. The Arrowhead Ranger District office is at 28104 Hwy. 18, Skyforest, CA 92378 Phone: (909) 337-2444.

Slide Peak can be reached via the Keller Peak Road in the summer months. 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 pull over to the left at a small parking area just before a gate and next to a concrete water tank. Walk down the road about 200 ft. and where the road makes a turn to the left there is a ravine on the right which leads up the hill. Take this and then follow a ducked route through the manzanita toward the summit. About half way crawl over a broken down chain-link fence and then take the ski area access road to the top. The hike is about 3/4 mile and takes about 25 minutes each way. 6/95 RLC
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