First time up to the peak was on July 1st, 2011. Took the tram up, camped and hiked up. Then I heard about the crazy hike starting from the valley floor and knew I had to do it. Cactus to Clouds, at it is called, was the most challenging day-hike I've done. Definitely bring lots of water on that trip with you.
Great views from the top, awesome trail. We took the Marion Mountain Trail from camp. Questionable distances, but worth every step. Actually had the summit to ourselves, too, which I hear is rare... (last tram must have already departed)
Don't remember much about this one, but we started early and got back to our campground just before dark.
What an EPIC hike! Came up from Palm Springs at 5:00, reached the Tram at 11:30, and the summite at 2:45. Cant wait to do it again!
Snow creek (in winter) is the best route, followed by c2c. Marion mountain is not as dramatic but much lusher than you'd guess. This peak is my fave in socal...
Started just before 4:00am. Nothing too exciting except for a few rattle snakes. Made it to the Ranger Station at the tram in under 6 hrs. Loaded up on some food and water, and hiked the normal trail to the summit. Getting started again was tough, but once I was moving, felt good. Made the summit, a couple quick pictures and back down to the tram.
One very long, scenic, beautiful day hike. Parked one car at Humber Park, took second car to South Ridge Spring. Followed the South Ridge trail to Tahquitz Peak and the Fire lookout. Beautiful views on this section. From here, hiked up to Saddle Junction, Wellman Divide, than San Jacinto Peak. Wanted to summit Jean Peak and Miller Peak, but running out of water. From San Jacinto summit, descended Deer Springs trail to Pacific Crest trail. Veered back onto Deer Springs trail to about 7,300' elevation. Travelled cross country east to meet up with the trail leading to Suicide Rock. Down climbed some fun Class IV slabs to the climbers trail, then hiked the road back to Humber Park. Very long day. Almost didnt make the drive back to Orange County.
It was a hot day, so we appreciated the shade on the Marion Mt. trail on the way up. Was not digging the constant swarms of flies in the a.m., however. The hike was sustained, but have seen steeper terrain on Shasta and elsewhere. Lots of crowds at the top, spectacular views of the Coachella and San Jacinto valleys. It was cool to see all the windmills from so high up!
Loop from the top of the tram including Cornell, Miller, SJ, Folly, Drury, Jean, & Marion. Lots of people at the top of San Jacinto.
Good hike, should be a lot of flowers in a few weeks. A lot of greenery is ready to bud above 9000ft.
Still enjoying some snow on the summit. Beautiful weather up the trail.
Solo, spectacular views from summit on perfect day
Favorite SoCal summit block. Someone had put up an American flag. Nice touch.
Did the tram shoe in less than ideal weather. Couldn't see anything from the summit. Still good fun and a very impressive mountain especially from the north and east
Great hike to the top, started from Fern Basin Campground.
Climbed many times from many routes, always fun
Bryan and I climbed 6 peaks even though there was a foot of fresh powder. Cornell, Miller, San Jacinto, Folly, Newton Drury, and Jean.
Video by Bryan:
Took the tram up. Camped through a snow storm. Woke up to fresh powder and blue skies! Doesn't get any better than that...
epic, start from palm springs, summit and back down in less then 14 hours!
Snow Creek with Rick Kent