San Jacinto Peak Climber's Log

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thebeave7 - Aug 21, 2003 4:16 pm

Route Climbed: Marion Mountain Trail Date Climbed: August 21, 2003  Sucess!

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.

tyler_durden - Jul 23, 2003 11:38 am

Route Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: July 20, 2003  Sucess!

Second time.


kk6yb - Jun 23, 2003 9:38 pm

Route Climbed: Devil's Slide Date Climbed: May 18, 2003  Sucess!

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.


mookyee - Jun 16, 2003 3:54 pm

Route Climbed: cactus 2 clouds Date Climbed: june 14 2003

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 . . .

engineer charley

engineer charley - Jun 9, 2003 10:18 am

Route Climbed: Devil's Slide-->PCT-->Wellman Divide-->top Date Climbed: 17-18 May 2003  Sucess!

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!


Reiksgib - Jun 8, 2003 8:31 pm

Route Climbed: Long Valley - Round Valley - straight up the saddle between Jean Peak and San Jacinto Date Climbed: March 2, 2003  Sucess!

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!


395guy - Jun 5, 2003 11:45 pm

Route Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: Sat, September 14, 2002  Sucess!

Great hike from tram station. Good weather. Decent visibility for a summer day (read: less smog than a normal southern California day).

Michael Tolchard

Michael Tolchard - Jun 5, 2003 1:38 am

Route Climbed: Marion Mountain Date Climbed: 1 June 2003  Sucess!

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.

Michael Tolchard

Michael Tolchard - Jun 3, 2003 11:20 pm

Route Climbed: Marion Mountain Date Climbed: 22 September 2002  Sucess!

My second ascent of San J., but the first via the Marion Mountain Trail. Nice workout.

Michael Tolchard

Michael Tolchard - Jun 3, 2003 12:27 am

Route Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: 28 July 2002  Sucess!

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....


Deb - May 21, 2003 11:18 pm

Route Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: 21 May 2003  Sucess!

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.


climber46 - Apr 28, 2003 8:24 am

Route Climbed: Tram; Round Valley Date Climbed: Mar 17, 2002

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.


RickF - Apr 24, 2003 3:35 pm

Route Climbed: Devil's Slide Trail Date Climbed: May 19, 2001  Sucess!

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.


Elwood - Feb 20, 2003 10:28 pm

Route Climbed: Marion Mountain & Round Valley Date Climbed: 92, 93, 94 95, & 96

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!

agorokhov - Jan 3, 2003 3:05 pm

Route Climbed: Devils Slide Date Climbed: May, 2001  Sucess!

Eric Tipton - Dec 18, 2002 11:10 pm

Route Climbed: Snow Creek Date Climbed: May, 2001

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.


kdonaldson - Dec 9, 2002 12:45 pm

Route Climbed: Round Valley Date Climbed: Dec 7 2002  Sucess!

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.


asmrz - Nov 13, 2002 9:10 pm

Route Climbed: On skis from the top of the tram to the summit Date Climbed: February 1981  Sucess!

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.


pilz8 - Sep 11, 2002 9:45 pm

Route Climbed: Marion Mountain Date Climbed: August 1995  Sucess!

The first peak I climbed in California. It was a sweet dayhike.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Aug 7, 2002 9:37 pm

Route Climbed: Devils Slide Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2002  Sucess!

Day 3 of my SoCal County Highpoint Tour. Tram was out of service for maintenance this week, so I took the Devils Slide route. Started at 4a, and had the summit to myself. Didn't see another soul until below Junction Saddle on the return. Back to car at 10a.

Afterwards I drove to San Diego Co. to climb Hot Springs Mtn (with a fire raging not 5 miles away), then on to Imperial Co. to climb Blue Angel Peak. I'm done now, thanks.

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