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Mt. San Jacinto

Peak Summited2020 Mount San Jacinto
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMarion Mountain to San Jacinto
EncounteredWildflowers blooming, Fall foliage
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnowfields to cross - could be difficult
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

This trailhead was farther away from where we live, so we drove the night before and stayed overnight somewhere nearby. We knew that this will be a long hike for us, so we started early at around 5:30 AM. The sky was still dark and the temperature was really cold. The trail was a little confusing because we have not really hiked in the dark before. There were not too many people on the trail. The way up showed why this was probably the most challenging hike we have done so far. At around mile 2, the trail got steeper and steeper, which slowed us down. The snow also began to show up at around this point of the hike. We brought microspikes and poles, which helped a lot. The snow was patchy during this portion, which meant a lot of the trail we had spikes on even though there was no snow, which was sort of a pain. I even foolishly tried to continue on without spikes, causing me to slip and fall. At around the 5th-6th mile, we reached the Round Valley Campground, where the trail seemed like it would never end. We pushed on and eventually reached the hut, where the trail becomes a full on scramble with no real trail to follow. This portion is very short though and well worth it as the top of the summit was a full 360 degree view of the surrounding Palm Springs and San Gorgonio. We took a long time at the top as the views were the best of the peaks that we went on. The way down was challenging as the steep downhill was painful on the joints, but it went better than the uphill. We managed to finish the hike at around 10-11 hours, right before sunset. The hike topped Cucamonga as my favorite, mainly due to the challenge and the view at the top. A perfect way to end our journey on the Six Packs of Peak for 2020.

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