The name Robbers Peak commemorates the notorious outlaws Joaquin Murietta, Three Finger Jack, and others of the late 1800s. Sweeping down out of the hills, these bandits terrorized farmers below and preyed upon passengers traveling the Butterfield Stage. From Robbers Peak they could easily spot and evade sheriff ’s posses by slipping into the rugged ravines and canyons leading back toward the Santa Ana Mountains. Whatever historical charm Robbers Peak has is not reflected in the current condition of its summit, which has a sandstone outcrop emblazoned with graffiti. Still, from this height you get a panoramic view of the lowlands to the south and west—a composite of disappearing pastoral landscapes and spreading suburban sprawl. On clear days, the panorama includes the blue arc of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island.
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