San Jacinto Peak

4 July 2020 Junction Meadow to San Jacinto Peak to Humber Park (13 miles, +3,300/5,000 feet). Last night was REALLY warm!  I couldn’t get comfortable because it was about 60, too cold without a bag and too warm with.  We were planning to stay one more night, but we decided towards the end of the…

Hidden Lake

3 July 2020 Basecamp near Junction Meadow to Tamarack Valley to Long Valley to Hidden Lake and back (14 miles, +2,600/-2,600 feet). Today we decided to hike over to the area by the Palm Springs Tram, which is closed due to COVID.  We weren’t sure what we would find, but it’s exactly what you might…

Spitler Peak

Fobes Trail to PCT Halfmile 168.6 and back (9 miles, +3,000/-3,000 feet). I’ve been itching to get into the Sierra with the low snow year we’ve had but May has turned out to be surprisingly cool and a little snowy — just enough for me to cancel a couple of trips. But not to fear…

Icy Falls

Deer Springs Trailhead to PCT Halfmile 201.7 (22.3 miles, +4,300/-6,700 feet). As I have slowly creeped my way north on the PCT, there has been a missing section that has nagged at me.  On past trips I have explored all around San Jacinto Peak and the San Gorgonio Wilderness, but I never connected the dots,…

Snow Camp!

Devil’s Slide Trail to San Jacinto Peak Loop (22 miles, +5,700/-5,700 feet). My friends BarnFinder and Karpo and I have been enrolled in the Sierra Club’s Wilderness Basics Course this spring.  It’s very thorough, and I can see how it would have been super useful a year ago when I was backpacking for the first time.  But…

San Jacinto Peak

Marion Mountain Trail to San Jacinto Peak and back (11.4 miles, +4,600/-4,600 feet). The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth! John Muir At 10,834 feet above sea level, San Jacinto Peak is not that high.  It is not even the highest peak in Southern California….