Third summit for me (first via Deer Springs), first summit for my wife, Gabriela. We summited about 6:05 am from Little Round Valley so we could watch the 6:12 am sunrise. Spectacular sunrise! See my trip report for details, water locations, and you can click here to see my photos.
Note: the summit register in the hut is full and people are leaving scraps of paper. Someone needs to bring up a new log book.
My first time up, decided on a sunrise ascent. Left a little later than expected, got on the trail at 3:25am. Almost got lost a few times on the hike up, being dark and all. It was a beautiful night, lots of stars, a half moon, and not a soul in earshot. Just made sunrise by 5min.
We made it this time! engineer_charley and I on our second attempt to make it thru the snow. Beautiful view from the top. Couldn't find the summit log, maybe under the snow? Lots of people on the summit but most took the easy way and rode the tram from Palm Springs.
left ramon street at around 7:00a and hit the tram with our group of eight around 3:00p. Not too bad, even with 100 degree heat - it gets cooler as you go up. After a quick nap, headed for the summit at 4:30p but turned around at wellman junction around 6:00p so we wouldn't miss the tram and have to walk down. nice trip, bring as much water as you can drink! the sign says "1.5 gallons", i'm more like bring 2 gallons in tha summer. I'd probably leave a little earlier to make a summit bid next time, too. Good times . . .
2nd attempt, 1st success (tried in March, but snow shoes = slow shoes, especially w/ full packs--see trip report, *sigh*). Overnighted at the state/natl boundary where the trail out of Saddle Junction meets the PCT at the top of the ridge (so, could this be called the Wilderness Divide?). Snow fields under the trees were firm in the morning, soft towards lunchtime. Got to the top just after scads of trammers came down, so had some firm pack to crampon up in. Great view of Gorgonio, but the coast all haze, and could barely make out the Salton Sea. The hike out was okay, but those last two miles back to Humber were a tired trudge. But we made it this time!
This climb was only a few days after a big storm dumped about 2-3' of fresh snow on the mountain. The snow was so light we were sinking in up to our waist even with snowshoes!! Awesome time to climb the mountain. Clearest day I've ever seen in So Cal. I'll be back next winter!
Great hike from tram station. Good weather. Decent visibility for a summer day (read: less smog than a normal southern California day).
3rd ascent of San Jacinto. Zillions of Ladybugs floating around. Smoggy day, so visibility wasn't so hot, but cold see what the snow situation was on San Gorgonio, my next victim, and last warmup before Whitney.
My second ascent of San J., but the first via the Marion Mountain Trail. Nice workout.
First peak I ever bagged. Enjoyed my headache and getting dizzy in the thin air. The last little bit of uphill just before the Tram station must be a cruel joke....
Phew, silly SoCal chick headed for the summit in shorts and a tanktop, but I will not be discouraged by a little snow, albeit hip deep in some places! Beautifully warm and sunny with an occasional splash of snow to the legs. This was my first solo ascent however ill-planned. Too hazy to see Catalina but I enjoyed the view of various birds in flight.
At the top of the tram, I set out to climb the remaining 5.4 miles, 2,300 vertical feet to the actual summit of Mt. San Jacinto. The first mile was easy but then I ran into icy hard-packed snow. The trail was difficult to follow at times but I was able to follow the tracks in the snow and ice. However, I then got to around Wellman’s Divide and I could not make heads or tails of where the trail went. So I set off to the north—the direction I believed the summit to be. The mountains to the north were very beautiful. However, I got myself lost. Everything started looking the same. I even crossed a ridge without realizing it. I did know to point my compass to the east in order to return to the tram. I walked that direction for 15 minutes and found the trail. I headed back to the tram, defeated in my quest to conquer San Jacinto. Maybe next time. Any of you have an idea where I went wrong??? I would appreciate any input.
I took my brother on his first hike. I never told him that I had intended for us to bag the peak. We did it and I was afraid he would never hike with me again. But, now he is my regular peak-bag partner. The coolest thing we saw that day was a sail-plane doing a fly-by only about 30 feet above the summit ridge.
Wow! Have I enjoyed this mountain. My first two trips were via the Marion mtn. & Round Valley during the summer. Then I spent the next three winters trying to climb it in Feb. Every year we got completely dumped on! And finally, we made it after our third attempt! I think this is a great way to indroduce oneself to winter mountaineering! Just did a nice overnight in May of 08, up Fuller Ridge, excellent hike!
Joel Koury, Bob Cable and I climbed Mt San Jaciento via the Snow Creek route. We started at 12:00 AM under a moonlit sky. We hiked up the creek past a couple of waterfalls and a little 4th class climbing. We hit the snow tounge @ 5600' and snow slogged our way to the summit @ 3:00 pm. Great trip, the canyon is beautiful. We took the tram down.
Perfect Day for a great climb. Snow on the trail almost the entire trip from the ranger station, but only about 6-8 inches. Sunny, with temps in the 40's and 50's. Light winds at the summit. A guy at the top recorded the temp as 51, but that was in the sun, so I think it was a little cooler than that.
A funny story. Miguel Carmona and I decided to ski from the Tram to the Summit in February of 1981.. We didn't know that we needed permits for the ski up. About a mile from the tram, Ranger stoped us and asked for permits. Miguel, although he speaks good English, started to talk to the Ranger in Catalan Spanish and I, once I cought on, talked to him in Czech. I remember the Ranger waved his hand, said something about "damn foreigners" and let us go. We were laughing all the way to the summit.
The first peak I climbed in California. It was a sweet dayhike.