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MtnAv8rTramway  Sucess!


This is another one of those peaks I just couldnt stay away from. While living in So Cal, I spent many a weekend on this summit. The only route I ever did was the one from the tramway. Hit the summit, and back to the tram station for some dinner. Get your dining package in advance. I have enjoyed this route in both winter and summer.
Posted Jan 6, 2007 10:28 pm

Climber DaveVia Marion Mt trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2005

Climber Dave

Went up for the day up the Marion Mt trail for a change of pace. Its steeper but a nicely shaded and wooded trail. Very few people on this side compared to all the other routes.
Posted Jan 2, 2007 3:39 am

mvpolFirst Peak Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006


My first real hike to a summit. Awesome views the whole way and especially at the top. Took the Fuller Ridge Trail.
Posted Jan 1, 2007 5:11 pm

tpdwrHumber Park  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 1973


A great hike.
Posted Dec 19, 2006 12:36 am

James_WGreat Desert Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 12, 2006


Climbed via standard route on the 12th. Made my way up a second time via Skyline trail on 15th.
Posted Dec 18, 2006 1:52 am

kolbi2112Tram to Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2006


Went to the summit from the Tram under clear blue skies and warm temps. No snow or ice to be seen anywhere.
Posted Nov 27, 2006 6:54 pm

jazamoomidnight Cactus to Clouds  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2006


A hike with Barry Holchin and comrades, starting from midnight at the Desert Museum trailhead in Palm Springs. We started with 13 people; only 7 summitted. Wonderful weather, though slightly chilly at the top. We summitted at 1:30 PM, and then hiked back to the tram, making it there by 4 PM. We rode the tram back down, instead of hiking. I, for one, was totally pooped and could barely stay awake walking back down. Watching the sunrise was probably my favorite part of the hike, as well as hearing Jennie Thomas yell, "Wooohoooo!" when we summitted, reminded me of a passage from Jack Kerouac's "Dharma Bums": "Suddenly I heard a beautiful broken yodel of a strange musical and mystical intensity in the wind, and looked up, and it was Japhy standing on top of Matterhorn peak letting out his triumphant mountain-conquering Buddha Mountain Smashing song of joy. It was beautiful... then suddenly everything was just like jazz..."
Posted Nov 13, 2006 6:47 pm

Luciano136From the tram  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 11, 2006


Second time I went up there. There was some hard ice along the lower part of the trail. Pretty warm though; hiked in shorts and t-shirt all the way to the top. Came back down in the dark; had the choice between slipping on ice or wearing crampons. Took the last option but it was the most ankle-twisting experience ever! I did quite a bit of cursing. I swore only to do it again with a deeper snow pack! kngalaric was on this one.
Posted Oct 30, 2006 4:45 am

rematoreSan Jacinto  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006


Posted Oct 29, 2006 6:46 am

cbuelowMarion Mountain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2006


Perfect day for a hike with Ol' Walsher. Clear skies, perfect temps and great views from the top. Could have done without turning my ankle on the hike down, but at least I was only a mile from the car...
Posted Oct 26, 2006 8:04 pm

mlarkin2002Miller, SJ, Folly, Jean dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2005
Dayhiked from Aerial Tram to Miller (a minor peak near SJ), then on to SJ. From SJ, down to Folly and then back up to Jean. Intended to go on to Marion, but fatigue dictated otherwise. Back to the tram for drinks and appetizers!
Posted Oct 10, 2006 4:12 am

mlarkin2002Cornell & SJ Dayhike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2004
Dayhiked from Aerial Tramway to Cornell and then on to SJ. Both peaks dusted with a light cover of snow from a small storm a few days prior. Cornell N. side was dicey in its icy blanket.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 4:01 am

mlarkin2002Dayhike from Aerial Tramway  Sucess!
Summer, 1993.

Dayhiked to the summit from the Aerial Tramway. One of my first So. Cal. significant peaks.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 3:59 am

mlarkin2002Dayhike from Aerial Tramway
November, 1991.

Hiked with the intention of making the summit, but ran out of daylight near Wellman's trail junction due to heavy snow cover.
Posted Oct 10, 2006 3:58 am

whaynalMarrion Mountain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 13, 2006


Longer than I expected but well worth it. Snow had just melted enough to not be a bother. Great views.
Posted Oct 4, 2006 1:58 am

jklinkeDevil's Slide Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2006


Nice hike in perfect weather. Good company made for an even better day out.
Posted Sep 25, 2006 6:38 am

darinchadwickPalm Springs to Idyllwild  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2006


We went up the Cactus to Clouds, then down the Devils Slide.
3:20am started at the museum in Palm Springs.
9:10am got to the Long Valley Ranger Station. Took a 45 minute break.
12:24am summited San Jacinto at last. Took another almost hour break on the summit.
5:03pm reached the parking lot at Humber Park.
The hike up Cactus to Clouds is evil, but not impossible. We were up past the 4,000 foot elevation mark at sunrise, which is highly advisable as it levels out a bit at that elevation, making the heat tolerable until the final third which gets pretty sick from just below treeline until cresting the ridge.
Posted Sep 21, 2006 3:52 am

surgentCross-country through late snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 1993


Had to make our own way up through the late-season snow which hadn't melted much above 9,500 feet. Thoroughly rewarding!
Posted Sep 18, 2006 7:27 pm

Kialv2SJ  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006


First time on this peak. We camped the night before at Little Round Valley. Didn't know there was a cabin up there. What a spectacular view from the top of San Jacinto. I think it is a bit better view than from San G. Nice hike.
Posted Sep 14, 2006 4:46 pm

Smith938000 Meter Challenge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2006


My third and final peak of the day. I summited at 11:50pm and got back to camp at Round Valley at 2:00am. The veiws of Palm Springs and the high desert at night were impresive. I was very excited to have finished the 8000 Meter Challenge but I was also dead tired. A great end to a long day.
Posted Sep 10, 2006 4:26 am

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