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gotmountainsRoute Climbed: Tram to Round Valley to Summit to Humber Park Date Climbed: May 30, 2004  Sucess!


Incredible skies, warm temperatures and small patches of snow. At the Summit a glider circled overhead for about 20 minutes. The panorama from 10,834 was breathtaking. The hike to Humber Park on the 31st was like walking through a Tolkien tale. There are vast clusters of skunk cabage and loads of little springs coming off the side of the mountain. Only moderate amounts of travelers on the trail. A great hike all the way around.
Posted Mar 8, 2005 5:38 pm

Freddys27Route Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: Spring 2001  Sucess!
I hiked up from Idyllwild and camped at Round Valley. The hike from Round Valley to the summit was really nice, especially the long traverse through shoulder height shrubs. I loved this hike.
Posted Mar 3, 2005 10:06 am

jtreeRoute Climbed: various Date Climbed: 1990's  Sucess!


Climbed many times during the 1990's usually from Idylwild and usually starting late evening and hiking through the night and topping out near dawn. A fun way to climb this peak as the trail is fairly distinct and easily followed with headlamp. It's also fun to be standing on the top as the sun is coming up!
Posted Feb 27, 2005 12:29 pm

ahaassRoute Climbed: Palm Springs Tram, Idylwilde National Forest Date Climbed: August 2001, September 2003  Sucess!


Bagged the peak twice. Both summer. Once from teh east once from Idylwilde side. I'll go again anytime!
Posted Feb 24, 2005 2:20 pm

Dennis PoulinRoute Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: 3 Feb 2005  Sucess!

Dennis Poulin

A great climb in winter. Beautiful views in all directions
Posted Feb 6, 2005 1:48 pm

tonyoRoute Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: February 5, 2005  Sucess!


No wind and mild temps. This was the third time I've been up there in the winter, but the first time I've summited. The views were awesome.
Posted Feb 5, 2005 8:25 pm

WRGruenerRoute Climbed: The Tram and Humber Park via Devils Slide Date Climbed: Once in the 70's again in the 80's  Sucess!


Backpacked in the winter from the tram with a friend. The early days with homemade gaiters, $4.99 sleeping bag, and $9.99 tent. The winds ripped our tent while doing the summit, but we moved it to a more sheltered spot and fortified with branches - it was a blast!

Dayhiked from Humber Park
Posted Jan 14, 2005 4:46 pm

flotzillaRoute Climbed: Humber park trailhead Date Climbed: December 10 2002  Sucess!


Always a good time.
Posted Dec 31, 2004 6:40 pm

vubuiRoute Climbed: From the tram Date Climbed: July 24, 2004  Sucess!


It was a nice and cool day, took a few well paced climbing hours, with a nice clear day to greet us at the top. Absolutely beautiful.
Posted Dec 28, 2004 1:26 pm

sidhayesRoute Climbed: Cactus to Clouds Date Climbed: November 6, 2004
A great weather day as three of us ascended the Cactus to Clouds trail to the tram station. First time for them; my third. A 3:24:08 ascent; not my best but about 2 miles of snow slowed the pace.
Posted Nov 7, 2004 11:39 am

Steve LarsonRoute Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: January 1979  Sucess!

Steve Larson

Schlepped our way up from the tram on three-pins in perfectly ghastly snow conditions. Boy, some klister would have been nice! The summit, as seems typical for winter, was caked in rime. It's actually extremely beautiful, if it weren't for the fact that the snow was in more or less the same condition. So, we enjoyed the blue skies, took in the 360-degree view of the SoCal brown haze, and ogled the upper reaches of the Snow Creek route before heading down. A fun outing despite the lousy snow.
Posted Nov 5, 2004 10:47 pm

usarock69Date Climbed: December 2003  Sucess!


We took the tram and then hiked to the top. Lots of snow, so the progress was slower than we expected, but still made it to the top in good time. The trees were covered in ice, it was a winter wonderland. Views were great, kind of weird to stand on a snow-covered peak looking into the desert. Well, this is California after all. We had a blast, the trip added to the great athmosphere of Xmas.
Posted Nov 3, 2004 7:37 pm

And now...Route Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: Oct. 3, 2004  Sucess!
Stayed the night in Round Valley. First time to SJ summit. Left camp with Dave Gloss at 3am for a beautiful clear day and breathing taking sunrise on top. A must in S. CA. Thanks SJ.

Posted Oct 4, 2004 2:43 pm

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: May 5th, 2002  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

My first trip up to the summit - the easy way this time. My favorite S Cal mountain.
Posted Sep 24, 2004 8:42 pm

AlRoute Climbed: Marion Mtn trail Date Climbed: Jul 18, 04  Sucess!


Although not the highest, probably one of the best hills i've been up in CA
Posted Sep 8, 2004 11:23 am

tahoeberneRoute Climbed: Marion Mtn Date Climbed: 1966 summertime  Sucess!


While living in Los Angeles I took the long drive and summited via the Marion Mtn trail.
Posted Aug 13, 2004 11:41 pm

t511aRoute Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: Summer '98, '99, '00....  Sucess!


Great views of desert floor and surrounding peaks. Some great bouldering in Round Valley too. Have made a couple attempts at the summit from the bottom off Ramon Rd, but could never seem to finish due to time or health concerns. I'm workin on it though...
Posted Jul 21, 2004 8:27 pm

forjanRoute Climbed: Marion Mountain Date Climbed: June 27, 2004  Sucess!


A much better than anticipated hike in terms of scenery. Very green for this part of Southern California mountains. I hiked with Gibran Begum and Steven Sauter. We leisurely made the top in about 5 hours from the Marion Mtn trailhead. Several other hikers on top, mainly coming up via the Palm Springs tramway (Round Valley route). I took a side trip and bagged nearby Miller Peak (10,400') and Cornell Peak (9750') to the east of San Jacinto. I enjoyed the fun, class 3 climb up Cornell Peak. Quite a view to the north: 9000+ ft of relief, down to the windmills near Palm Springs.
Posted Jun 28, 2004 9:21 pm

Shaun MatyasRoute Climbed: The Marion Mountian Route Date Climbed: January 8, 2004  Sucess!

Shaun Matyas

After climbing San Gorgonio, I had the climb its neighbor San Jacinto, Splendid climb, there is even a stone cabin-like shelter at the top, equipped with bunk beds, which are great for snow conditions.
Posted Jun 11, 2004 7:36 pm

395guyRoute Climbed: Cactus to Clouds Date Climbed: May 31, 2004 (Memorial Day)  Sucess!


All my planning ahead paid off into a great hike, one that I had looked forward to for quite some time. The weather ended up hotter in Palm Springs (105 on this day) than I had hoped for. Had just enough water. It was nice to refill in Long Valley. Left Palm Springs from Ramon Road at 6:50am. Was in Long Valley at 12noon. Was on the peak at 2:05pm. Great day. Read my trip report ("Cactus to Clouds on Memorial Day") for more detailed information.
Posted Jun 1, 2004 4:30 pm

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