XEROX Mountaineering & Backpacking Club
Day HikeAntsell Rock, San Jacinto Mtns Sat, June 23, 1990
What: Day hike and 3rd class peak climb; ie, a FUN peak.
WHO: Experienced hikers in good condition. Leader permission. You do not need to be a rock climber; the 3rd class is easy but still exhilarating. You can make your decision there if you aren’t sure.
Meet: Sat, June 23; 9:00 - 9:15 AM
Depart: 9:30 AM sharp (it will be a long day)
Statistics: Rating Strenuous; elevation gain and loss 2600 ft; 14 miles round trip. Elevation of peak is 7720 ft.
Topo Maps: Idyllwild (15’). Note: There are 7.5’ maps available - call me for the names.
Reference: San Bernadino Mtn Trails, John Robinson, Trip #6.Note that Robinson gives the mileage as 12; however, the trail to the saddle is now 5 mi, not 4 as he states.
Bring: Ten essentials as always. Wind-breaker. It could be very warm, bring 2-4 quarts of water. Boots strongly recommended for final climb. "Experienced hikers" means you will be properly equiped; eg, we could be coming down in the dark.
Miscellany: You must write or call the leader if you plan to come. Let me know if you need a ride. Rain anytime after Friday morning will cancel outing. Dogs are welcome below the rock.
Route and Highlights
Antsell Rock is one of the few peaks in the San Jacintos which is more than just a walk up. Its vertical rock gives you a taste of the alpinist’s exhilaration.
Trail access is via a relatively new Spitler PeakTrail (3E22). This avoids private property on the old Apple Canyon Trail, now closed to hikers. Some of you may remember that trail from our climb a few years ago. This new trail joins the PCT at the saddle between Spitler Peak and Apache Peak. This is on what’s known as "Desert Divide" and is one of the most rugged pieces of mountain in southern California. It’s reminiscent of parts of the Sierras. The terrible destruction of a fire 10 years ago will still be obvious in areas.
The PCT is taken north to a point just east of Antsell Rock. At this point, we leave the trail and go cross-country - Up. Here’s where you’ll be happy to have boots. The final 100 feet is steep rock. Some may "test" it and decide to wait below. This is known as class 3. Rope protection will be available if needed. We’ll return the same way.
From Hemet, take Hwy 74 east into the San Jacinto Mtns. The first major intersection, approx. 15 mi from Fairview Av in Hemet (last traffic light), is known as Mountain Center. Stay to the right on Hwy 74 toward Palm Desert. In 3.5 miles turn left (NE) onto Apple Canyon Rd. There are ample signs. Here is also, "Hurkey Creek Park", a Riverside County park. If you get to the Lake Hemet turn off, you went a little too far. After turning onto Apple C. Rd, stay to the right (left goes down into the park). Go 2.7 miles to the Spitler Pk trailhead. There will be a large dirt parking area to the right just before the trail sign.
Leader:Jack Cook – work: (213)333-5214 home: (213)371-2706 E-Mail: JCook:el Segundo. Call with questions.