Bernasconi Hills

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Bernasconi Hills
Bernasconi Hills is located in California
Bernasconi Hills
Location of Bernasconi Hills in California [1]
Highest point
Elevation 776 m (2,546 ft)
Country United States
State California
Region Peninsular Ranges
District Riverside County
Range coordinates 33°50′47″N 117°09′16″W / 33.8464°N 117.1545°W / 33.8464; -117.1545Coordinates: 33°50′47″N 117°09′16″W / 33.8464°N 117.1545°W / 33.8464; -117.1545
Topo map USGS Perris

The Bernasconi Hills are a low mountain range of the Peninsular Ranges, located in Riverside County, California, United States.[1]


The range forms the eastern flank of the Lake Perris reservoir. Bernasconi Pass separates the range into two parts: the Bernasconi Hills North and the Bernasconi Hills South. The western end of the pass is now closed due to the lake. A monument in the pass recognizes that Juan Bautista de Anza and his expedition, the first Europeans to visit the area, traveled through the pass in March 1774.

Parts of the range are within the Lake Perris State Recreation Area. The rocky terrain is a recognized site for the sport of bouldering. Enthusiasts of the sport refer to the area as the Bernasconi Ridge.[2]

Bernardo Bernasconi[edit]

The hills and the pass were named for Bernardo Bernasconi, a native of Switzerland, who purchased 284 acres (1.15 km2) of land around the hills from Joseph Wolfskill and established a sheep ranch named Sulpher Springs Ranch.[3]



  • Fry, Craig. Southern California Bouldering Guide, Morris Book Publishing, 1995.
  • Gunther, Jane Davies. Riverside County, California, Place Names; Their Origins and Their Stories, 1984. Card Number 84-72920.

Citations and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bernasconi Hills". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  2. ^ Fry, page 173.
  3. ^ Gunther, page 50.