Ascent of Butterfly Peak on 1990-06-30

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, June 30, 1990
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Butterfly Peak
    Elevation:6240 ft / 1901 m

Ascent Trip Report

This peak at the southern end of the San Jacinto Mountains just west of a ridge line known as the Desert Divide. The hike to the peak is on an old 4WD road and use trail on the southwest side. To reach the starting point for the hike drive north 1.8 mi. from the junction of highways 371 and 74 and turn right (east) on Devils Ladder Road. Go 0.4 mi. and turn left on Tool Box Springs Road. After another 0.4 mi. turn right on Butterfly Peak Road. Drive just 0.25 mi. and a narrow paved road will be seen on the right with signs saying private property. Park here. There has not been a problem hiking this road, but parking is very tight at the locked gate ahead so it is best to leave cars at this junction. Start the hike walking up this road over a low hill and then turn left after a few hundred feet past a sign saying "Fire Road, closed to all vehicles". Pass to the right of the locked gate and you will be on forest road 6S09 (not marked). Follow this road for about 3/4 mi. to a junction just SE of Gold Hill where you will turn left (north). The road will continue on up to the ruins of the New Hemet Bell Mine and from here a use trail can be followed NE and then north to the summit. This peak can be climbed in a reasonable dayhike along with nearby Rock Point. Roundtrip hiking time is 3 hours. Butterfly Peak is 0.9 mi. west of the Pacific Crest Trail. A more complete description of several routes is given in the Hundred Peaks Section, Peaks Guide.
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