San Jacinto/Idyllwild 2020

Peak Summited2020 Mount San Jacinto
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMarion Mountain Trail
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Drove up from Los Angeles County to Idyllwild in under 2 hours. Parked and prepared: started hike at 6:15 AM. The initial 1st Mile was heavy with humidity and bugs. After that first 2 miles of constant uphill, the temperature got much cooler and we were both in a better headspace to enjoy the killer views. Took a short lunch break (and to reapply sunscreen for the 3rd time) near the stream running through the campgrounds. We reached the summit at about 10:45 AM, hiking for an approximate lapse time of 4 hours (4 hours, 30 min with breaks). Felt really great – has decent sleep and hydrated well the day or two leading up to the hike – which made a world of difference. All the previous reviews I had read said it was treacherous and hard, but with fresh legs and good rest, I felt spectacular. Stayed at the top for about an hour for food and photos. Began my way down at noon. The hike down was actually the most difficult part, as that steep incline pushing up made for a steep decline for the way down. I had to be mindful of really picking up my feet and not rolling my ankle. The last mile was the longest mile. I only got a resurgence of energy when I saw the thin steep pipe I recognized at the start of my hike. It began to mist/rain which put more oomph in my step. Got to the car at about 3:45 pm. Overall: glorious. Would do this hike, again. Felt isolated. Invigorated. The end was hard, but could not have been more pleased with the beauty of this hike.


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