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Blue Mountain 1, Grand Terrace, California
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Blue Mountain is a prominent peak in the long range of hills that bound the southern edge of the San Bernardino Valley. Rising high above the neighboring town of Grand Terrace, Blue Mountain has managed to retain a feeling of wildness despite being saddled with communications towers and a dirt road to service them. Amid its ridges and fields of granite boulders, a variety of wildlife thrives, including coyotes, rabbits, rattlesnakes, wild donkeys, hawks, and falcons. Even the occasional deer and mountain lion have been known to pass through. Although it is surrounded by a veritable sea of urbanization, it offers visitors a unique feeling of solitude and separateness, along with striking views of the Inland Empire’s cities and the mountains that encircle them. From the vantage point of this panorama, Mount San Jacinto can just be seen in the eastern distance. To the northeast are San Bernardino Peak and San Gorgonio Mountain, the titans of the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The San Bernardino Mountains continue to dominate the northern view, with the notorious San Andreas Fault sleeping unseen at their feet. To the northwest, the San Gabriel Mountains and Cucamonga Peak lie on the far side of the distinctive notch that is the Cajon pass. Although most of Blue Mountain is privately owned, an organization called The Friends of Blue Mountain is working to establish a wilderness park here. For more information on their efforts to preserve and protect this unique and beautiful place, please visit their website:  http://www.friendsofbluemountain.org/ .

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Uploaded: 04/02/2014
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