Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 2003-05-09

Climber: Patrick Shannon

Date:Friday, May 9, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Jacinto Peak
    Elevation:10839 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

From my Pacific Crest Trail journal ( My first alternate route from the PCT was to climb San Jacinto peak. The path was completely snow-covered, even at the beginning of the peak trail, and from what I had heard in town about trail conditions, I didn't actually expect to make it, but I wanted to give it a shot anyway. Am I ever glad I did! The trail continued to be mostly snow-covered, but a few hikers had gone before me, so I could follow footprints. I was glad I had purchased shoes yesterday in Idyllwild, though. I don't think I would have made it in sandals. It was slow going, climbing up through the snow, but I kept at it. About 100 feet from the top, I came across the San Jacinto shelter, built in 1933 and in amazingly good shape. It even had a couple of bunks inside if you were willing to spend a cold night up there. I continued on to the peak. I got such a rush once I hit it. The views were tremendous, and I got my first view of the San Bernardino Mountains, which lie ahead for me. After taking several pictures at the top and yelping a few times (I was excited, what can I say?), I started back down. The trail that returned to the PCT, however, had not been traveled since the latest snow had fallen, so there were no footprints to follow. I made my own route down the snowy west slope of San Jacinto. It was a lot of fun. In some sections, it almost felt as if I were skiing.

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Pacific Crest Trail 2003

Complete Trip Sequence:
1San Jacinto Peak2003-05-09
2Mount Baden-Powell2003-05-22
3Mount Jenkins2003-06-09
4Owens Peak2003-06-09
5Mount Whitney2003-06-18
6Half Dome2003-07-01
12Mount McLoughlin2003-08-20
14Mount Thielsen2003-08-25
15South Sister2003-08-30

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