Late night rendezvous w/ some CMFs. Got in trouble w/ my wife as this was our anniversary...but when the mountains call, you gotta go...
Repeated this one as my friend Duane was bagging it for the first time. It was our sixth Ultra-prominence peak in five days. We hit snow quite close to the top of the tram and slogged our way up from there. The stream was running high, so we found a logjam just above the normal crossing point. On the descent as I walked across the jammed logs, the last step looked to be a nice flat spot on the north bank on some debris from all those logs. But alas the debris was floating, and I took a very unexpected dunk up to my waste. I must have been an interesting sight on the tram a few minutes later.
HPS roundup on snowshoes with Matthew. Cornell - Miller - San Jacinto - Folly - Drury - Jean - Marion. Took most of the day, but quite fun. Trip Report
Went to the summit of Marion. Left from the car at 8:30am and back by 2:15. Some trail finding is necessary as you approach the Deer Springs junction as some patchy snow still covers a lot of it. Above that there is still TONS of snow.
Climbed Snow Creek in 1 day with Mark Ingram . We started at 4:30am and topped out at 6:20pm (about 14 hours later). We lost over an hour getting lost through the Bushwack Zone and then we rested about an hour at the 5,000-foot bivy spot. Met with a group of 4 (led by wallspeck). Also, met Ed from Irvine who was climbing solo. Climbed the 5.5 section on the right wall 30 feet downhill from the chockstone/waterfall. Then, climbed the 5000+ feet of snow to the summit. Took the Direct Finish summiting at 6:20pm. Started descending from the summit at 7:00pm and arrived just on time to catch the 9:00pm tram down.
Met up with Mark Ingram, Dave Van Selow, Stever Sauter, Eric (Steve Sauter's friend) at 5:00am at the Palm Springs Desert Museum. By 5:15am, we were off. Took a short break at 1800 ft. Then, took a nice 35-minute break at 6000 ft. Reached the upper tram area at 11:35am (6 hrs 20 min). Again, rested there for 45 minutes and left for the summit at 12:20pm. It was all snow from 8800' and up. Somehow I veered too much to the left and I ended up summiting Jean Peak (10,670') first at 2:50pm. Had to hiked down to the saddle and then climb back up again. Made San Jacinto's summit at 3:23pm (just a bit over 10 hrs from the Palm Springs Desert Museum trailhead). Scoped out the upper part of Snow Creek and left the summit at 3:35pm. By 5:05pm, I met up with Eric at the upper tramway station (my total Cactus To Clouds hike just under 12 hrs).
My first time up this peak--didn't hang around for long on the summit because it was darned cold up there. Fun day of snowshoeing out of the tram station around all the HPS peaks Bob and I could find in the area.
Great snow climb for Southern California! Climbed with David Valdes and Patty. Did it over two days. Saturday 4/2/05 was the approach. At this time, the waterfall is no higher than 12 feet, however, the snow is broken and hollow and cannot approach it directly. I climbed just slightly down and to climber's right of the waterfall through a class 4 chimney/crack system (probably 25 feet high). We set up camp above the 5500' waterfall at 5800 ft. Next day (Sunday, 4/3/05), I started off at 7:00am from camp and topped out at 11:36am. Had perfect snow conditions (quite consolidated). Had the summit to myself and I stayed there 'til 12:05pm at which time I headed down and arrived at the Tramway Station at 2:00pm. Had a big lunch and a Newcastle brown ale at the restaurant up there. Ran into Kurt Wedberg and Sara at the Tramway Station; they also climbed Snow Creek same day as us. Took the Tram down to Palm Springs. All in all, a great climb on a local peak.
The summit was covered with hard packed snow and the hut was completely buried! Had loads of fun glisading back down the east slope...
Summited with my 8 year old son, Joseph and my 6 year old daughter, Emily. It was her first summit EVER. It was Joseph's second - he did Mt. Baldy when he was 6.
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.
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.
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!
Bagged the peak twice. Both summer. Once from teh east once from Idylwilde side. I'll go again anytime!
A great climb in winter. Beautiful views in all directions
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.
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
Always a good time.
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.
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.