Antsell Rock

Idyllwild, California 92549

Antsell Rock

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"The Desert Divide is a remote and lonely mountain backbone running south from San Jacinto and Tahquitz Peak to CA 74. Antsell Rock is the jewel of the Divide. Named by Edmund Perkins of the United States Geological Survey for an artist at Keen Camp Resort who was painting the peak, Antsell Rock stands high above the Divide, and its stony buttresses make an impressive sight from most directions. It is also one of the few mountaineers’ peaks in Southern California that requires more than the usual plodding to reach the thirdclass summit. While this trip is short, it is certainly not easy."

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Day and Section Hikes: Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California (Wilderness Press)
David Money Harris
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"Antsell Rock is the most dramatic of the granite summits protruding from the Desert Divide south of Tahquitz Peak."
Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press)
David & Jennifer Money Harris
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"Antsell Rock is the jewel of the Desert Divide. Edmund Perkins, of the USGS, named it for an artist at the Keen Camp Resort who was painting the peak. Antsell Rock stands high above the Divide and its stony buttresses make an impressive sight from most directions. It is also one of the few mountaineers’ peaks in Southern California requiring more than the usual plodding to reach the third-class summit. While this trip is short, it is certainly not easy."
100 Hikes in Southern California: San Bernardino Mountain Trails (Wilderness Press)
John W. Robinson with David Money Harris
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"**NOTE** - This area burned in the 2013 Mountain Fire. As of 2016, the trail remains closed. Check with the Idyllwild Ranger Station at 909-382-2921 to determine if the trail has reopened. The climb is not particularly difficult for those in good physical condition who have had experience on Class 3 rock. Boots with deep tread for traction on rock are recommended. Take extra care on the descent, for that is when most accidents occur. The Desert Divide has made a remarkable recovery from the great Palm Canyon Fire of 1980, which burned right up Andreas and Murray Canyons to the crest. The chaparral has grown back as green as ever, and only a few blackened tree trunks remind you of the former devastation."

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Trail Information

Idyllwild
Nearby City
4.2
Distance
2,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
April–June; October–November
Season
San Jacinto Mountains
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Idyllwild and Palm View Peak
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