Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 2011-07-30

Climber: Robert Horsley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 30, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:San Jacinto Peak
    Elevation:10839 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started on the Deer Springs Trail just north of Hwy. 238 about 5:00 PM on Friday night. Mosquitoes and flies were terrible. The trail is well-traveled and impossible to lose. I carried a 40 lb. pack, which I soon realized was too much weight and slowed me down a lot. Lots of day hikers were finishing up their day and coming down the trail. I arrived at my campsite in Strawberry Junction Camp at about 9:00 PM, made dinner and went to bed. No water at all below or at this camp. Just a lovely pit toilet.

Awoke about 6:15 Saturday morning and hit trail by 6:45 AM. The first water I came across was a small spring that crossed the trail about 3/4 of a mile above Strawberry Junction. Refilled my Camelbak, ate breakfast and continued on. The weather was partly cloudy to overcast. About a mile from the summit, the sky opened up and it rained HARD and hailed for about 45 minutes. The lightning was pretty close, so I took a break to wait it out. Reached summit at about 1:00 PM. The view down to Palm Springs and I-10 was clear, but the other direction was ugly. More rain and lightning was quickly moving in, so I only stayed a few minutes and left the summit.

I continued over the top of the mountain down through Round Valley and took the Tram down to Palm Springs. Arrived at the upper Tram Station about 4:30 PM.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5239 ft / 1597 m
    Elevation Loss:2323 ft / 708 m
    Distance:15.6 mi / 25.1 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:5239 ft / 1597 m
    Distance:9.2 mi / 14.8 km
    Route:Deer Creek Trail
    Trailhead:Deer Creek Trailhead  5600 ft / 1706 m
    Time Up:9 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2323 ft / 708 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Through Round Valley
    Trailhead:Palm Springs Tramway  8516 ft / 2595 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 

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