Route Climbed: Devil's Slide to PCT Date Climbed: 03-May-2004
Hiked as a part of the loop in this area with my 7 yr old son. this loop is ~11 ml according to GPS. It was warm (~70F) and the snow has almost gone from the trails. We returned via Tahquitz Valley branch to Saddle Junction. TValley is a beatiful area indeed and it is worth hiking through it in spring. On the funny side, I met 2 PCT-hikers whom I saw a week ago in Mount Laguna USPS office: it took them a while to get to San Jacinto area.
In general, the RT is a good hike in a great area, thought I would prefer to do the cross-country traverse across peak 8792 to be on adventure side.
Route Climbed: Devil's Slide then trail blazed to summit Date Climbed: 24 March 2004
Ah-ha! All I needed was a couple of week's rest and 7 good hours to beat this beast! Still had to break trail for a few miles and of course I didn't come back the same way I went; talk about post-holy shit! Got to do some front-pointing on the northern most peak, great frozen snow about 18" deep where I fell through a few times.
Red Tahquitz summit is covered in rusty red rocks, hence the name, and nearly every conifer was dead or dying, such a shame. The view to the south and towards Salton Sea is spectacular even with the prescribed burns going on today!
(previous post on 13 March 2004 -It was a beautifully warm day (60 degrees) with perfect sunshine, which led to my demise on the trail. Nevermind it's only been 6 days since the LA Marathon, what made me think I could make an 11 mile trip with constant post-holing?! Even my daughter bailed at Saddle Junction.
Failed to summit but got close enough to be intrigued. I'll be back!)
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."