Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 2009-06-28

Climber: Eric Kassan

Date:Sunday, June 28, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Jacinto Peak
    Elevation:10839 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

I started out at 5:30 AM on this hike and was very glad I did - the heat in the sun, even in the morning, was quite intense. It also helped keep the crowds down - by the time of my descent, the trail was getting quite crowded. The hike itself was quite decent - the length made for usually very gentle slopes, and the ground was usually dirt - quite comfortable to the feet - except for towards the very top where the trail got rocky - up to bouldering for the final steps.

Several regulations are important to note-
1. In San Bernardino N.F., an "adventure pass" is needed to park anywhere in the forest, including trailheads. What they don't say is that the federal lands pass (used to be called the golden eagle passport) will also work, but you need to leave it in the windshield.

2. For at least this wilderness, wilderness permits are required EVEN FOR DAY TRIPS.

3. For the Devils Slide trail (the trail coming out of Humber Park), a special, limited in number, wilderness permit is required.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4619 ft / 1407 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Route:Devils Slide Trail - PCT - San Jacinto Peak Trail
    Trailhead:Humber Park  6520 ft / 1987 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: 2009 San Jacinto Peak

Complete Trip Sequence:
1San Jacinto Peak2009-06-284619 ft / 1408 m
2Jean Peak2009-06-28250 ft / 76 m
Total Trip Gain: 4869 ft / 1484 m    Total Trip Loss: 4869 ft / 1484 m

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