First trip to Tahquitz and it was fantastic. Beautiful country side, great weather (clear sunny skis) and I even enjoyed getting sun burnt . It was good to climb on American soil again! Thanks Deb!
Actually I free solo climbed the Trough on Tahquitz Rock and bushwacked my way due south to meet up with the South Ridge Trail. Had a fantastic time all by my lonesome blazing a personal trail and literally running down from the summit onto Devil's Slide so I could get the usual Buffalo burger and beer at Jo'Anns. Beautiful day!
Gorgeous weather and great views. Cool in the morning, hot in the afternoon (down low on the Ernie Maxwell trail). The route described makes a great loop, although a longish day (~11.5 miles?). Called home (San Diego) from the top--wife said it was raining, and looking south, I could see Cuyamaca Peak poking though the cloud cover. There was also a "prescribed burn" (near Warner Spgs) smoking up the south horizon above the marine layer. Nearing Humber Park again, under Lily Rock, I could hear the climbers yelling their belay commands to each other. Mosquitoes weren't too bad, but gnats were maddening as they hovered just in front of my eyes despite copious amount of repellent.
Awesome day!, Clear as a bell, snow on the north side of the peak.