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Beautiful & challenging

Peak Summited2021 Mount San Jacinto
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMarion Mountain
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Beautiful, but challenging hike. The trail starts challenging, with a fairly steep first hour, followed by a series of alternating flatter, then steeper sections for the remainder, with a final rock scramble to the top. I hiked this trail with 30lb pack in training for an upcoming JMT thru-hike and admittedly this is one of the harder hikes I've done. That said, the breathtaking peak views made it absolutely worth it.

Arrived at 6am on a Saturday to a full car lot, so get in nice and early. Not too busy and super-friendly hikers (shout out to the three “shoe nerd” hikers who were “tracking” my Brookes Cascadias on the way up…hilarious!).

Carried 5 litres of water and drank 4.5. There are a couple of outhouse bathrooms about half-way up at the camp grounds in case you need 'em.

Loved this hike, though wouldn't rush to dot it every weekend 🙂

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