Cactus to Clouds out and back from Museum Drive. The descent to Long Valley was equally as punishing as the ascent. IMHO, Long Valley to the summit was annoyingly indirect with long meandering, switchbacks (a la Whitney Main Trail). Finished in 12:45.
Wow! Long & brutal hike, but very rewarding! Didn't have any route-finding issues until near the top, where it looks like a large rock & tree slide destroyed the trail, but it's so near where you top out, it's easy to tell where you need to be.
I think this is what turned me to technical climbing - after walking up 10000 ft you gotta do something else for fun. Gorgeous day though.
Great for a long day hike that seems to go up for a long time. Left the museum parking lot at 3AM, was on the summit at 10AM and back to the tram by a little before noon. Great hike, but could have used a few more hikes before doing that first 8000 feet to the tram!
Super fun hike, now that I have forgotten how hard it was I will do it again!
Took up a group of 9 successfully. Our first time. With consistent pace, not too bad. I took a heavy pack which made it a bit more challenging, but the biggest issue is, how the hell do I eat enough to replenish all that energy burnt?! Over 5000 calories plus regular intake needs = 8000. And for that day I probably had 3000, 2000 before finishing the hike. No wonder I starting bonking at the peak!
should destroy the Tram. that would make the hike fun.
Sweet, long, definitely doing this again!
Long day but very fun. Hardest part seemed to be the tram to the summit.
...and I'm always glad I can sneak down the tram to save my poor knees from the descent :)
Did this route a few times...good work out. Enquire about snow conditions as it can be dangerouslty icy when you get close to the tram station...if it is the case bring crampons.
1st attempt. Got an earlier than planned start due to a "wakeup" call from The Man. Sure was beatiful under the full moon! The hike from the Tram to the summit was a relative cakewalk. The bike ride back to the museum, however, was definitely 5th class.....
Penelope May and I hiked the Cactus to Clouds trail and continued on to Idyllwild via Welman's Divide on Thanksgiving Day 2007. Took us a super long day, 6am to 9pm, but we managed the 24 miles (just barely). A great trip!!
It was a long day, but we all made it to the top. Once I got up there I enjoyed a quick cat nap at the top. I tried it last August pretty unprepared, but this time I was ready and I nailed it. Great hike for those who enjoy testing themselves.
Went alone. On second thought not that smart. A killer hike.
Long but fun day with great partners!
Every spring from 2002 to 2007, and then again in 2011 no failures to summit!
My introduction to this route. Took us slightly longer than Ryan (crescentstrife) at 5.5 hours to the tram (our goal)
Always wanted to climb a desert peak from the floor. Fantasic views right from the start (started on Ramon road). I was impressed with the eco-diversity on this trail.
From the Desert museum to the Tram. Mega tough as I was coming off the flu. A memorable slog.