Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 2008-07-21

Climber: luscious lars

Others in Party:the italian
Date:Monday, July 21, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Jacinto Peak
    Elevation:10839 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

monday, 7-21, the italian and i drove up the 8 mile dirt road to the fuller ridge trailhead. we arrived at the trailhead around 9:30. we were starting a 2-day shuttle backpack ending at the deer springs trailhead with an overnight at little round valley camp. summited san jacinto peak on 7-22 at around 13:30 and exited the same day at 18:30 at hwy 243, deer spring trailhead.

met shane and chris at castle rocks, two young fellows also hiking in from fuller ridge who were hiking a similar route in the opposite direct, counter-clockwise. this section of the trail, the fuller ridge trail (pct), is the best i have seen ever! the switches were well done and no more than necessary. found NO ankle breakers-- loose rocks on the tread. rain bars were well placed and solid. the only criticism i can make is that some of the tread was not graded properly (but let's not get into a technical discussion).

at little round valley camp, we had a tough time finding a post. (one is required to camp near a post.) we noticed a couple, but otherwise we had the camp to ourselves. we checked out the ranger station which does not appear to have been used for some time. the pit toilet is near the stream. yuck! i noticed that many had taken care of their business at the base of trees surrounding the outhouse. the state rangers should probably move this pit toilet away from the stream, or take it out all together, otherwise non-thinking campers will leave their waste near the stream because that's where the rangers put the outhouse.

in the morning, we headed up to the peak. on the way up the switches out of little round valley camp, we met shane and chris again. when we got near the peak, we met brian the gps guy and jim the photographer. we checked out the emergency shelter and headed up the peak. it's a scramble. muir has great quote about san jacinto, so i have nothing to add.

heading down we met several other folks heading up-- one couple, several older men, and a group of women (some who did not look like they were going to make it). we pretty much death marched to deer springs th.

we saw a deer, a rattlesnake, and the usual ravens, hawks, squirrels, and chipmunks.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3119 ft / 950 m
    Elevation Loss:5219 ft / 1591 m
    Distance:19 mi / 30.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3119 ft / 950 m
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:fuller ridge (pct) & deer spring tr
    Trailhead:fuller ridge th  7720 ft / 2353 m
    Time Up:1 Days 13 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:5219 ft / 1591 m
    Distance:11 mi / 17.7 km
    Route:east side, pct, deer springs tr
    Trailhead:deer springs th  5620 ft / 1712 m
    Time Down:5 Hours 

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