Bagged this one after taking my friend up to San Jacinto.
'Partner in crime' (the lovely Miss Castro!) and self had a challenging day snowshoeing out to Miller. Ended up ascending close to the east ridge between Cornell and Miller. Fun coping with the 30-40 mph winds and fresh snow, in addition to fighting through the snow covered chapparal. Ahhhh.... the sheer pleasure of suffering!
Being eternally lazy and short on time, I made a bee-line for Miller Pk from the tram station on a perfect day. Nicely frozen snow, bright sunny skies with a puff of a breeze. One layer of clothing and I was still sweating. Crampons were pretty necessary for the cross country trip and I just left them on to climb the summit blocks as well. I was in a hurry to take my shirt off and dry out!
Guess if you're doing San Jacinto why not have some fun if you're able to go off train and not get lost and get this "summit". Just don't get lost!
Hiked Cornell, Miller, San Jacinto, Folly, Drury, Jean and Marion. All are great summits, lots of 3 class and summit blocks. Here are my GPS tracks and photos.
Cool little nub. Did this twice in conjunction with SanJack and Cornell.
A 10,000 foot peak just minutes from the bend in the trail to San Jacinto Peak! There's a very very short 3d class section just underneath the plaques.
Enjoyable snowshoe outing in a nice area.
Dayhike from aerial tram.
Cool diversion before the short push up to San Jacinto's summit. Views into Palm Springs/Desert are better than San Jacinto in my view.
Did this one after San Jacinto with my boys. Very fun little diversion from the main trail with a nice plaque on the summit block.
Did seven named summits on San Jacinto by snowshoe with Matthew. Trip Report
Both times I did this cool little guy was on cross country routes from Jacinto to Cornell. Most people scoff at this rock pile but I really love it.
If you're on your way to San Jacinto Peak, you might as well take an extra 20 minutes to bag Miller Peak as well. A fun little scramble to break up the monotonous trail and a great view.