Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 2003-05-09
|Date:||Friday, May 9, 2003|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||San Jacinto Peak|
| Elevation:||10839 ft / 3303 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFrom my Pacific Crest Trail journal (www.trailjournals.com/northerner): 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.
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| Route Conditions:||Snow on Ground, Snow Climb|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Clear|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Pacific Crest Trail 2003|
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