Penstock Ridge is a little peak that stands in the lower reaches of Lytle Creek in the eastern San Gabriel Mountains. A gentle fireroad ascends its crest providing great views of the eastern San Gabriels and western San Bernardinos. This is a good quick hike in cool weather. This could be a good peak to combine with trips to Chalk Peak
, Lower Lytle Creek Ridge, San Sevaine Lookout
, and Buck Point
Take the I-15 to the Sierra Exit in Rialto. Turn west towards to the town of Lytle Creek. Drive 3.5 miles as the roads turns sharply to the right with a large turnout on the right side. Park here near the dirt road entrance. On the topo this turnout is just after Turk Point.
The fireroad ascends gently to a intersection, take the right fork towards a large concrete structure. Continue up the road as it ascends the rolling ridgeline. Keep straight at the next fork, or to the right. The roads tops out at the summit and then continues down a little further to a tower. Take in the views and return.
Round trip is 3 miles with around 700 feet of gain.
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You will need a Adventure Pass
to park at the turnout. Adventure Passes are available at many gas stations and grocery stores along Lytle Creek Road at the Exit from the I-15.
Go to San Bernardino National Forest for current conditions.