XEROX Mountaineering & Backpacking Club

Bear Canyon Trail to Sitton Peak Dayhike March 14, 1992

What: Dayhike - Riverside County

When: SAturday, March 4, 1992 9:30 AM

Statistics: Rating Easy / Moderate. elevation gain 700 or 1300 ft; summit 3273 feet; 5.1 or 10.4 miles round trip.

Route and highlights: The wildflowers of the region are probably just about ready to peak for the year!

The recently completed Bear Canyon Trail climbs through gentle brush and meadow country, passes Pigeon Springs, and arrives at Four Corners, a meeting place of several major hiking trails that tour the southern Santa Anas. 'Refreshing Pigeon Springs' is about our halfway point, in a handsome oak glen. This is where families would want to rest, while the remainder of the group heads for the Peak. The trail crosses a "seasonal stream", so be sure you’ve got a change of footwear.

After about 2 more miles of truck trails, the peak is supposedly accessible by scrambling up some rocky outcroppings. From there, on a clear day, there are superb views of the twin peaks of Old Saddleback (Mount Modjes and Mount Santiago), Mount San Gorgonio and Mount San Jacinto, Catalina, and the wide Pacific.

Orienteering option: Since the first mile or so of this trail is not on the topo, budding mapmakers might like to try their hand at determining where the trail is, and try sketching it in. (Photocopies of the appropriate section will be available for doodling.)

Topo Map: Sitton Peak

Reference: John McKinney ("Day Hiker’s Guide to Southern California") Hike #28.

Bring: Bring: 10 essentials, camera, film, (macro lens), food, at least a quart of water per person. If you own a personal snake bite kit, bring it. We have spotted rattlesnakes on this trail (on XMBC hikes in April of 1984 and 1985.)

Driving Details: Take the Ortega Highway from the San Diego Freeway at San Juan Capistrano. Drive East 19 1/2 miles to the paved parking area across from the Ortega Oaks store. The store is just about 1/2 mile past the "Upper San Juan Campground", and you really cannot miss it. The parking lot entrance is just across the street from the store.

The Bear Canyon trail head is on the same side of the road as the store, starting out about 100 yards west of the store. The trail takes off Southward and upward from the highway.

Allow 1 1/2 hours driving time from the South Bay. Be at trail head by 9:30 am.

Leader: Mike Neary, Work (310) 333-5322, Home: (310) 374-4595. E-Mail: MNeary:el segundo (MNeary.el_segundo@Xerox.COM)

Miscellany: Write or call the leader if you plan to come. Let me if you need a ride or can offer a ride. Leader can take 2-3 passengers at 7:30 AM from the Xerox A&E parking lot. Bad weather will cancel.