Bryan and I climbed 6 peaks even though there was a foot of fresh powder. Cornell, Miller, San Jacinto, Folly, Newton Drury, and Jean.
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Took the tram up. Camped through a snow storm. Woke up to fresh powder and blue skies! Doesn't get any better than that...
epic, start from palm springs, summit and back down in less then 14 hours!
Snow Creek with Rick Kent
Did Cactus to Cloud with other 10 hikers.
Last 1,500 ft to the peak was covered with snow. And we didn't have snowshoes nor crampons, but made it.
I hiked down all the way back to the trailhead, but everybodyelse took the cable car.
Total of 26 miles and 11,800 ft elevation gain. Took 15 hours including big lunch break at cable car station and peak.
Cactus to Cloud Trip Report
Climbed solo in winter storm from Idyllwild, a fun mountain. Every tree, rock and bush was encased in ice above 8,000! Don't be caught beneath a pine tree covered in ice when the wind blows!
Climbed about 3 times over the years, mostly as training hikes for larger peaks.
Lots of people heading for the top but no one else via Marion Mountain.
1971, 1979, 1997, 2001, 2004, 2006, All seasons
4 AM start with Zach and Matt. Reach the summit then took the tram down to a waiting bike shuttle
I am never doing Cactus to Cloud ever again as a day hike. Took the tram down to our shuttle car. Ate dinner and I was out.
With Brent. Ideal weather. 9+44 up, Aerial Tram (heaven) down.
Training hike for Whitney. First hike above 10K. Longest dayhike to date.
Great day to be on a mountain. Tagged Miller on the way back.
Mount San Jacinto is very impressive, and definitely one of my favorite mountains in South California. The rocky North and East Faces rise sharply above the desert floor, while the South and West Faces rise more gradually from the valley. A nice pine forest covers most of the massif, along with a multitude of amazing granite boulders and spires scattered across ridges, peaks, and just about everywhere on the mountain.
Have done Round Valley from Tram in December and Fuller Ridge in September.
Day hike in new boots without any moleskin. Bloody socks and major blisters for a week after.
It's a close call between this one and Devil's Slide as to which I like better. Deer Springs is less steep but more sloggy. Seems much quieter on Deer Springs, especially at lower altitudes before the intersections. Lots of falling water up near Marion is also a beautiful plus, but the views on Slide might be superior. Just about exactly 8 hours of hiking plus 30 mins of breaks. Surprised a rattlesnake on the trail about a mile before the Strawberry campground.
Memorial Day weekend visit to the peak - great hike, was happy to get on this one so far south of our home ranges.
Hiked up from the Tram, tagged Miller, headed up to San Jacinto, down to Folly, back to SJ-Jean saddle and straight down to the meadow and back to the Tram. Only needed crampons between San Jacinto and Folly and from the saddle down to the summer trail. Great day!
Took the easy way up and then camped in Round Valley. Very short but enjoyable trip.