A16 3-Peak Challenge Alternate RoutesPosted by Adventure 16 | 07.09.2018
FIRE CLOSURES ON SAN GORGONIO!
Due to the Valley Fire, all hiking trails accessing the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area are closed. BEFORE HEADING OUT:
• Check on conditions and trail closures: San Gorgonio Wilderness Association Website --or-- InciWeb
• Use these Alternate Routes ONLY if San Gorgonio Trails are closed. (No other trails will be allowed,)
SAN GORGONIO ALTERNATE #1
Highly suggested for 24-hour challengers (all challengers may also use this route)
DEER SPRINGS TRAIL
The Deer Springs Trail ascends from Idyllwild through Strawberry Junction, to the San Jacinto summit. (This means you will be going to the San Jacinto summit twice in order to complete the entire 3-Peak Challenge.*)
RULES for Deer Springs Trail
• Permit is required from the Idlyllwild Ranger Station (you will need to take a photo of this permit before surrendering it back to the Ranger Station as evidence of a permit is required on the online Completion Form)
• The following THREE PHOTOS are required of you with the A16 flag:
1) Deer Springs Trailhead
2) Trail sign at Strawberry Junction (sign should say, “STRAWBERRY JCT CAMP 100 YDS”)
3) San Jacinto summit. (You will ultimately submit two different San J summit photos. )
*ALL OTHER RULES REGARDING THE 3-PEAK CHALLENGE ARE STILL IN EFFECT, including hiking to the summit and back of San Jacinto AGAIN, via any OTHER trail* of your choosing.
*In keeping with the spirit of the 3-Peak Challenge--which is modeled after the 8000 Meter Challenge (the outdoor industry pro version of this challenge)--we highly suggest that once you complete the summit to San Jacinto via Deer Springs, you drive around to the San Jacinto Tram, and take the San Jacinto trail to the summit.
WHY WE CHOSE THE DEER SPRINGS TRAIL:
• At 9.2 miles, one way, and approx. 5,180’ in elevation gain, this trail most closely matches the mileage and elevation gain of the San Gorgonio trails.
• Information on the Deer Springs Trail was covered by John Drollinger's 3-Peaks Challenge presentations in our stores.
(A copy of the powerpoint may be requested from email@example.com)
• 24-hour finishers can do the Deer Springs Trail, and then drive around to catch the Tram for the second San Jacinto summit, without a lot of wasted drive time.
Not recommended for 24-hour Challengers due to additional driving distance.
Starting from Islip Saddle, the trail gains about 3,700’ in elevation, utilizing an approximate 8-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail in its ascent to the summit. Hikers are treated to incredible views of Mt. Baldy and the Mojave Desert.
RULES for the Islip Saddle to Mt. Baden-Powell Trail:
• An Adventure Pass is required. You will need to scan and post this pass (day or annual) when filling out the online Completion Form.
• The following FOUR PHOTOS are required of you with the A16 flag:
1) Islip Saddle Trailhead sign
2) Little Jimmy trail camp sign
3) Dawson Saddle junction sign (sign should say “Dawson Saddle 1.8”)
3) Mt. Baden-Powell summit
• No other route to Mt. Baden-Powell is allowed.
• ALL OTHER RULES REGARDING THE 3-PEAK CHALLENGE ARE STILL IN EFFECT.
WHY WE CHOSE THE MT. BADEN-POWELL via ISLIP SADDLE TRAIL:
• At roughly 9,400,’ Baden-Powell is the 4th highest peak in the San Gabriel Mtn. Range and is a premier, bucket-list peak.
• Originally known as “North Baldy,” (it was re-named in 1931 in honor of Boy Scout Founder, Lord Baden-Powell) it is closely tied with the other iconic peaks of SoCal: Baldy, San Gorgonio and San Jacinto.
• At approximately 8 miles, one way, this trail provides a significant challenge for most hikers
• It includes a section of the Pacific Crest Trail—another one of our favs
Many thanks to ModernHiker.com and Scott Turner for their help in putting together this alternate hike.