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Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 1942-07-04

Climber: Frederick Johnson

Others in Party:Rhoda Goerz and 6 other Sierra Club hikers
Date:Saturday, July 4, 1942
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:San Jacinto Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10839 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trip started in downtown Los Angeles Friday evening, where I met Parker Severson. Stops in Pasadena to pick up Doris Coble, Rhoda Goerz, and Bob Sturdevant, in Ontario for weekend groceries, and then in Riverside for an hour and a half's delay while the car battery was charged. By the time we got to Idyllwild, others were there ready to start the early morning ascent of San Jacinto. There was no time for a nap as Rhoda and I hurried to catch the others to start the 4,200' climb by moonlight. Up we climbed from the Humber Park TH on the Devil's Slide Trail to the Wellman Divide. The sun was beginning to show its first rays a mile or so below the top. I started feeling sick, no doubt from the altitude, but felt fine after a rest. I reached the top at 7:15A, about 20 minutes behind the main group. It was rather chilly, even in the sun, and hazy. We left the top at 8:00A, returning via a longer route past Hidden Lake (8,010'), Round Valley, the Willow Creek Trail, and the Devil's Slide Trail. We stopped at Hidden Lake for about an hour, some napping, others going over to Observation Point for a good view of Palm Springs and the desert far below. We were back at the cars by noon and soon on our way to Desert Steve Ragsdale's cabin high on Santa Rosa Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4200 ft / 1280 m
    Route:via Wellman Divide
    Trailhead:Humber Park  6639 ft / 2023 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Good, hazy, early morning chill



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