Great hike. Just a little rain & lightning on the way down. Got "buzzed" ("Whooshed?") by gliders while on the peak. Seriously crazy dudes. Wingtips within ~10 ft. of peak rocks, and NOT above them! Fun day with 5 others..
Day hiked with Alejo from Humber Park, starting about 8:30pm, summitted about 2:20 pm and back at trailhead about 6:30pm. Beautiful clear day.
My Friday morning started off with a nice drive from San Diego to Mount San Jacinto via I 8 to hwy 79 - hwy 371- hwy 74- hwy 111...that was a very relaxing drive... I was facinated (not hard for a Marine) by the beauty of the country side. I would recommend this route if your not in a hurry. After stopping several times to get some photos I finally made it to the Palm Spring side of the mountain and with two gallons of water and my trusty day pack I made my way up the steep grade in the parking lot on the way to the ticket booth and rode the tram up to the mountain...I don't think I like that tram and will probably assault that peak from Humber park. Meet several hikers at the summit, took a few pictures and enjoyed the beautiful weather. The Park Rangers were spread through out the area and most asked to see your hiking pass...You don't have to wait for the station to open, just grab a pass fill it out, drop the original off and keep your carbon! On the way out drop off the carbon copy!
Excellent night hike! Did it in ~8hours. Cold at night with the wind chill, but worth the climb. Summit Hut door kept opening with the wind and didn't provide wind block like we expected.
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!