Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 2009-08-08

Climber: Joe Nichols

Others in Party:Jean Louis Coquereau

Randy Brown

Joyce Nichols
Date:Saturday, August 8, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Jacinto Peak
    Elevation:10839 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

Began hike at Deer Springs Trailhead, on Friday morning, across street from Nature Center on HWY 243, at 6:30 AM. Reached Little Round Valley at 2:30 PM and spent the night there at Owl's Hootch campsite. Last 1 mile up steep switchbacks from junction with Fuller Ridge Trail to Valley was very tough due to effects of altitude and fatigue. We met no other party on this first day of hiking.

Resumed hike the next day at 7:30 AM up a fairly gentle switchback trail and reached the summit at 9:30 AM. Final 40 vertical feet or so was an unexpected, but not difficult, scramble up rocks to the peak. Fairly hazy conditions, we could just make out a faint shoreline of the Salton Sea to the south and could barely see Mt. San Antonio to the west. Fairly clear view down to desert.

Began our descent at 10:30 AM down the trail on the east side of the mountain and encountered many groups of hikers making their way up from the Palm Springs Tramway. Once past Wellman Divide we encountered only an occaisonal hiker on the way down to Saddle Junction. We reached Humber Park via the Devil's Slide Trail at 3:30 PM. Overall a very good experience.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5219 ft / 1591 m
    Elevation Loss:4359 ft / 1328 m
    Distance:17.6 mi / 28.3 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:5219 ft / 1591 m
    Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Route:Deer Springs Trail
    Trailhead:Idyllwild County Park  5620 ft / 1712 m
    Time Up:10 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:4359 ft / 1328 m
    Distance:8.1 mi / 13 km
    Route:Devil's Slide Trail
    Trailhead:Humber Park  6480 ft / 1975 m
    Time Down:5 Hours 

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