Sun, Apr 19, 2009
Thomas Mountain (6,825 ft.)
The mountain was known to the local Indians as Te'llena (Cahuilla), or To'okwe (Serrano) and it was an important ceremonial site. There is a tradition that the valley was once the site of an Indian village (name unknown). A trail led from it along the north slope to the summit to this mountain. However, names were recorded elsewhere: a large village on the south slope was called Palpiswa and a major village to the southeast was called Pasiawha.
The USFS constructed a fire lookout here consisting of a 60' open x-brace steel tower with a 7' by 7' metal cab (1938). Nearby a Ranger outpost and an AWS ground observer station once existed (1936-45). All except the foundation slabs are now gone.
Name is derived from the original Thomas Mountain, cited by the USGS (1897-98), as taking in most of Horse Creek Ridge-now called Little Thomas Mountain.
Name first appears on USGS San Jacinto quad (1901).
Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List."
- HPS Summit Signatures
For more information see these SummitPost pages: Thomas Mountain - Rouse Hill - Lookout Mountain - Little Cahuilla Mountain - Cahuilla Mountain
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