Perfect day for a hike. Sunny all the way to the top, walking through the clouds and beautiful view from the summit.
Storm came out of nowhere on the way down, so we were running through the clouds and a very heavy rain. Sunny at the trailhead though. Beautiful!
P.S. Don't forget bug repellent!!
from the tram (8615') to the peak (10,804'). Coll hike and some great views
made the summit in 2 hours via the round valley trail. Took the first tram up at 1000 AM. Only saw 3 other groups attempting the summit on the trip. Large thunder storm just north comming out of Hemet at noon. Seven to eight lightning strikes and some rain. We didn't stay on the summit for any length of time.The heavy stuff staying to the north. Fun trip easy trail, my first time to San Jacinto and I've lived in So. Cal all my life.
Started at 3pm in very warm conditions with threatening thunderstorms. Camped at Little Round Valley then went to summit at 7am. Still plenty of water along the way so no need to bring much.
We started at 7:30am and good weather to the top. We took 6 1/2 hrs round trip. Spectacular view at the top. Next weekend Gorgonio
One of the most stupid things I've done-climb to the top of a lightning rod with an incoming storm. Hiked into the clouds and about twenty feet from the summit it whited out and all hell broke loose. I was disoriented, found my way back to the trail using my compass and proceeded to hightail it down the mountain while being pelted with hail and thunder cracking all around. Got to Deer Springs Camp and all fell silent...
Very windy and cold but had the summit all to myself. 11 hours round trip in deep snow.
Climbed the Round Valley route with what seemed like half of Riverside County. Very crowded. Fortuntaley it was extremely clear so the views were incredible. Snow level was only a hundred feet or so from the top and melting fast.
Made the summit around 11:30 with my two sons, Ellis (11), and Jack (9). It was their first summit anywhere. Found a little snow in spots on the trail, otherwise no trouble getting to the top. We were passed by two super fit guys on the way up who were nice enough to take a minute and take our picture, and ran into a lot of nice people, as well as other scouts, on the way down.
I climbed San Jacinto almost exactly a year earlier via the Marion Mountain trail. That time, there was one tiny patch of snow about 2' x 3'. This time I was hiking through snow for well over half the hike. What a difference a year makes...
Beautiful hike--really strenuous on the steep slope just beneath the tram station--harder than Whitney.!The 5.5 miles to the summit is a cakewalk after that!
Slushie ex-snowdrifts cover sections of the trail above 10k, but easily crossed if you know where you are headed. Lots of flying thingies, but none that seem to bite, except for one rogue bee, and I took care of him! Nice breeze and view from the top. Peak register needs to be swapped out.
Still a bit of sloppy sun cupped snow above 10000 ft.
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.