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!)