Matt tackles San Jacinto

Peak Summited2020 Mount San Jacinto
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadDeer Springs
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Decided to tackle San Jacinto during the first CA heat wave. Started around 5am and was the third car in the parking lot. The lot is more of a turnout so easy to miss. The first 4 miles are pretty straightforward with mixed terrain. About 4 miles in you reach the beginning of the loop. We went clockwise which was a great decision. You spend some time on the PCT and intersect the Marion trail as well but overall it was quiet and I only saw about 6 people total. There are several water sources along the way but they are very shallow streams to filter in. The last half a mile was very technical and I have no idea where the trail went but you basically have to grab and scramble up rocks to the peak. Got to the peak around 930. The views are incredible and you have an amazing 360 degree view of LA as well as perfect views of San Gorgonio and Mt Baldy. Started down around 1045 and personally this was the best part of the hike. Although the second half of the loop is more exposed, the sun had risen by this point so you had 9 miles of fantastic views. Only 1 water source this way about a few miles from the peak. Got back to my car around 3 and it was 110 degrees! Overall an amazing way to spend a hot CA day 🙂

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