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.
Completed what has to the hardest on-trail approach to San J: from Snow Creek below the northern face, following the PCT for some 20+ miles, then up Deer Springs trail (over snow and postholing) to the summit, down to the tram. 30 miles, 10,400' gain. Harder than C2C.
Started with just Skyline in mind, but made good time and felt great, so continued with full C2C. Ran into snow from Round Valley and postholed to above Wellman Divide, where we intercepted the regular trail and followed it to the top.
Last snowshoeing outing of the season was absolutely fabulous in the wake of a departing storm. Went straight up via Sid Davis winter route to the Miller Saddle, then to summit.
Regular trail covered in ice from Wellman Divide, but distinguishable. Almost got blown off the top by 60+ mph winds. Upon returning to tram, found out it was closed and we were stranded on the mountain. Spent night in mule shed next to ranger station.
My first C2C was a complete success: perfect weather, strong group, 100% summit rate (17 of 17 made it).
From the tram - through the snow - great hike.
Rode the Palm Springs tram up and climbed the 5 miles to the summit. Second time and best time! Great day and good miles, beer after at the tram station bar was delicious!!!