Pretty crowded, even in March. A little bit of snow to cross, but otherwise an enjoyable day. My wife's first long hike in I don't know how long, but she did great!
Solo C to C. Took the tram back.
I attempted the Cactus-to-Clouds on July 4, 2001. Starting at 12pm with 2L of water, I ran into trouble when the water was drained a couple miles in. The attempt failed when I finally reached the tram station but was too tired and thirsty to talk. A couple weeks later with more water and an earlier start made all the difference. In March 05, I climbed the mountain from Idyllwild and summitted around 10am before traversing over to Marion, Jean, Folly, and Drury. Then returned to the car before dawn.
Fun day out, although we were hoping for slightly more winter-like conditions!
Love this peak. The first time i didn't like it cause I couldn't see the view. Theron and I combined Cornell on these trips. Done two or three times. Theron will set it straight cause he knows more about my hikes than I do. I am dumb.
Went up the Marion Mountain trail and camped at Little Round Valley. Perfect weather but springs are drying up fast. Bring water!
From Marion traihead. Very dry.
Damn the hoards!! This peak was getting abused by the loads of people coming up. Tagged this one as a pre-Sierra Challenge circuit, hitting up 4 peaks along the way. Humber Park to Marion Mtn to Peak 10,386 to Jean Peak to Mt San Jacinto to Humber Park: 7 hours 15 min
Summited in 75 with the boy scouts in late spring, with decent snow pack. Summited again in 2005. Great summit.
I'm always successful. One of the many summits done with Theron, this one also included Cornell once again. I killed my feet and vowed never to climb Cornell with San Jack ever again.
Just a nice easy climb. Very nice views.
We started in Idyllwild at the Deer Springs Trail head, camped at Little Round Valley, and woke up to rain the next morning. We went on up to the summit, during which time it turned to snow, and came down on the east side between Miller Peak and Jean Peak, through Wellman Divide to the Pacific Crest Trail and back to the Deer Springs Trail.
I cannot get over how much I enjoyed this easy outing. An absolutely stunning mountain with incredible scenery. We started early and had the trail more or less to ourselves...both directions!
Went from Deer Springs trailhead. First half snow free. Later on snow knee deep, nice to have snowshoes for about 2 miles of the trail if you are there in late afternoon and instep crampons (might or might not be used) for early morning... I wish tehre was more snow... Not too many tracks, compas and map might come handy if you do not know the area...
Penelope and I hiked the San Jac from the Marion Mtn. trailhead on January 25, 2007. We lost the trail soon after the intersection with Deer Springs Tr. and navigated the NW bowl more or less by recollection with some help of Compass and map. The bowl was mid calf deep snow and slowed us down a bit. RT from the trailhead took us just under 10 hours. Good conditioning hike on a day off.
Hiked partly on the trail, partly cross country. One friend turned back after about a mile because his leg hurt, another fell asleep about a half mile from the summit, said he felt weird, so I made it to the top alone. Great views other than the smog. You're definitely up a ways! Very icy near the top of the tram, some snow all the way to the top.
Great easy day hike from tram. The temperature change from Palm Springs (105) to the summit (73) was remarkable. Unfortunately, the fires in the mountains north of Palm Springs made visibility poor in every direction.
Had a nice day on San Jacinto, Jean, and then on to Miller. Only a few inches of snow on the trail made for an easier ascent than I thought it would be for Dec. Very impressive peak from the valley!
A nice hike with an Ol' Buddy of mine!
The best training peak for any major climb. Everything from the Tram to peak trail or the cactus to clouds trail, this mountain has everything you could want in terms of training. Used it quite often training for climbing in the Andes, and found it to be superb training grounds.