Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 2014-06-19

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Thursday, June 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
Peak:San Jacinto Peak
    Elevation:10839 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

We hiked this peak late afternoon after yesterday's ascents of Chiricahua Peak, Miller Peak and Mount Lemmon.

This is the first the three "LA Saints" ultras, which we summit within a 24 hour period. It's possible to bag the three in a calendar day with an earlier start, but this didn't suit our schedule. Here are some details of the 8000 metre challenge / SoCal triple crown - the idea is evidently to do them without using the cable cars or having a nights sleep in between - and probably to have a day off before and afterwards!

Given limited time and afternoon heat it made sense to use the aerial tramway, which is quite an interesting ride in itself.

We take the 4.20pm tram up, short downhill walk to ranger station (N33.81259 W116.64246, 2530m, unmanned: self register and return permit on completion of hike). We start hiking at 4.45. The main trail is very obvious; however after a short distance we keep right and take a less obvious, more direct route via a campground. Past this point the trail is more sketchy and there are many options in the open pine forest terrain. At N33.80975 W116.67686 the various routes converge and make an ascending traverse right. At N33.81505 W116.67455 the main trail switchbacks left but we climb half-left along the ridge, with pine and nice slabby granite leading to the summit which consists of a large boulder (N33.81480 W116.67942, 3288m). Nearby is a trig plaque with a witness plaque nearby pointing to it.

Views are nice but rather hazy (smog?). Two lads are already at the summit, planning to camp.

We are at the summit in 1h45, spend 15mins at the summit then jog down in 56mins. We initially take the main trail: initially vague with many trails leading generally southwest, then switchbacking left to N33.81505 W116.67455 then right; from here we retrace our upward route.

We check out at the ranger station and are in good time for the 8pm tram (the last down is 9.45pm, well after dark). For the record, the current fare is $24 return. We pay $21 which is the lower fare from 4pm.

Tomorrow's first peak is San Gorgonio, and en route we enjoy a good Japanese meal at the Tokyo Restaurant in Yucaipa - the first proper sit down meal of what had so far been a rather busy trip.

San Jacinto Peak photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2401 ft / 731 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2401 ft / 731 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.3 mi / 15 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2401 ft / 731 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Start Trailhead:Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  8438 ft / 2571 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2401 ft / 731 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    End Trailhead:Palm Springs Aerial Tramway  8438 ft / 2571 m
    Time:56 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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