Rode tram then skiied up with Peter. Camped with guys from ski mountaineering section. First time using the Ramer gear.
After hitting Miller on the way up, the official C2C was concluded on top on SJ. A couple of us continued down the ridge to Folly and back.
Went up Marion Mountain and camped out at Little Round Valley. Made Summit first thing in the morning, beautiful views and amazing weather. On the way down we could see the fire spreading and the 243 was closed. We had to drive all the way around to get back to Orange County.
Quick hike in beautiful November weather. Did this one by myself the afternoon before a conference in Palm Springs. I was nice and clear--Catalina island visible in the distance.
Used the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which has a military discount for the tram ticket if you ask for it. There was till snow in various areas in view and a little along the trail. The Trails are clearly marked. The scenery is a welcome escape from the city. The summit had approximately 25 people resting on it. The difficulty of the hike is relatively low but long enough that it keeps the crowds away. Most of the hike is shaded but bring sunblock for sunny days and put it on when starting up the switchbacks because it's exposed after that point. Outstanding views from the summit. However, you can clearly see San Gorgonio in the distance which is about another 700 feet above you. I was up on the mountain again on 6Jul13 (temperature was around 80 on the mountain and 105 in the desert below) and the summer haze drastically reduced the views, in my opinion.
Climbed it from Marion Mountain trailhead, gained a lot of elevation, getting ready for C2C and other bigger climbs. Fun stuff, great mountain.
Up Sid Davis again, then on to Miller Saddle and straight up behind the summit hut. Broke trail through fresh snow for group for good stretches. First people to the summit that day!
On my birthday, decided to snowshoe my favorite peak in Southern California. Took Sid Davis route to Jean, tagged Jean then stayed on the ridge to San J. Reached the summit first in the group.
Went up the Palm Springs side via the tram. I would like to do this from Idyllwild, but waiting until I'm in better shape. The hike was fun and the views spectacular. If you are looking for just a day hike, a trip to the saddle is well worth it.
Repeating this epic every 6 months or so, and getting better every time. 6h10 Skyline, 9h to summit, 12h to tram.
excellent day. very fast
Hard to believe its so close to the city. Did it numerous times and ways when I lived in S Cal and never got tired of it.
Relatively strenuous for a day-hike. More for the novice mountaineer or experienced hiker than for the average person. Great scenery, awesome views from the top.
Beware of your pace, if you take frequent breaks and go uphill slowly, while not starting early enough, you could be finding your way down in the dark. Careful planning can negate this.
Trip report is Blue Moon C2C.
Started at the museum trailhead at 4 am in Palm Springs and did Cactus to Clouds. Rode tram back after 11 hours of effort. Perfect day with light wind and about 55 degrees above 8,000'
made it to the summit in about 7 hours, hitched a ride back to Palm Springs with a very nice couple, back to my car in about 10 hours, instant classic!
Finished the SoCal "Big 3" with this one.
Nice hike, It was good to have some cloud cover. It took me about
9 1/2 hours round trip. Beautiful area.
I climbed San Jacinto during my 2012 thru hike.
Second time doing this hike and it's one of my favorites. Great summit! Good alt gain at the start, then it levels off to let you catch your breath, and then a good gain at then end to challenge you a bit. This route is a little annoying because once you merge with the Tram Trail it gets a lot busier.