Delamar Peak overlooks Fawnskin and marks the west end of the hills bordering Big Bear Lake to the north. The hike is enjoyable, although the views somewhat less than spectacular. Even at the summit, trees and rocks block clear views and you have to get them in when you can while hiking. On the other hand, the journey is nice, and the serene, undisturbed summit is definately worth the hike!
- 9 miles round-trip, with about 2 miles off-trail hiking
- Start at 6860', peak at 8398'
- What to bring:
- Good trail shoes, water, food, sunscreen, camera, smile. You'll probably also want a topo map and compass for this hike, as there are some off-trail sections.
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Directions to Trailhead
Drive west on Northshore Dr toward Fawnskin. Approx 2 miles east of Stanfield cutoff and just past Cougar Crest Trailhead you will come to Polique Canyon Rd. Turn R, follow pavement to where the fire road 2N09 starts. Park anywhere around here or on pavement off the road with your adventure pass.
Note: Delamar is probably the most difficult summit in terms of NAVIGATION that we will hike. If you know how to use a map and compass, this would be the one to bring those on! We recommend printing the directions as well. If you have a really bad sense of direction and get turned around easy, then please go with someone who will be able to help you out.
Hike up road 2N09 for about 1.5 miles and you will come to a 3-way intersection. Turn right to head toward
The point you turn off the PCT is critical. The PCT travels along the south side of the ridge for about 1 ¼ miles. You can see the lake. Then it crosses a saddle, a low point on the ridge, and moves to the north side. This only happens once, and this is the spot where you’ll leave the trail. You’ll head uphill to the west, which is going to be to the left of the trail as you stand on the saddle.
Looking around you should discover an old, overgrown fireroad that heads uphill to the west. You will see multiple down trees across this old fire road, most you can walk around, but make sure you get back on the road. This old road follows the ridgeline and you can see into
After just a little while you will come to a steep climb where the rocks are white and you will come to a “false summit” that has a yellow summit marker post. We have not yet found the name of the summit on any map, so we just call it “Little Delamar”. It has the best views of the hike so make sure you stop for a photo op either on the way up or down.
From “Little Delamar” you can clearly see the real summit. To get there you will head downhill along the ridge to a saddle (depression between to mountains) and then start climbing again. There are several old (old) roads and paths that seem to lead upward, but no serious trails. If you find a good path, take it upward. Depending on which direction you approach the summit from, you may get some good views of
Minimize your impact on the forest when you’re off trail. The rule is, if there is a road or trail, use it. If there is not an established road or trail, then you want to avoid creating one.
The top of the mountain flattens out (you can see the dome shape when you look at the hill from far away). The real summit is located somewhat towards the south end, and maybe a bit toward the west side, of the flattened area at the top. There is a noticeable pile of large rocks and a yellow post marking the summit. You will find the Seven Summits marker attached and summit record canister in place!
Pay attention when you are headed back down to go northeast off the summit back the way you came. If you get lost, just go downhill and make sure you can see the lake.