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Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 2014-05-14

Climber: Wayne Snyder

Date:Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Tram
Peak:San Jacinto Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10839 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used the following address to get to the Palm Springs Tram:

1 Tram Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262

I took the first tram up at 10:00. I signed in at the Ranger station and met a fellow hiker named Don. Don was very familiar with the area and agreed to hike with me to the saddle between Cornell Peak and Miller Peak. We made good time and pasted a campground on our way. When we reached the saddle Don gave me good advice on how to summit Cornell and then went on his way up San Jacinto. I made my way up Cornell. I went up the west side which was not that hard, but the peak is very steep. I made it within 10 feet of the top. On top there are two rock outcroppings. The one on the west side is about 10 feet lower than the one on the east side. There is a 10 foot gap between them so there was no way to get two the higher point on the east side of the peak from the west without a rope. I took some pictures and made my way back down. I recommend approaching the peak from the east or south to gain the full high point.
I then made my way through the saddle and up to the top of Miller Peak. I arrived at 11:15. There are two plaques on time: One with the Boy Scout oath and the other in dedication to Frank A. Miller. I took some pictures and moved on. I stopped for a breather in the small valley on my way to Jacinto at 11:29.
I continued up the mountain and came to the stone building and then to the San Jacinto Peak arriving at 12:59. There are two BM at the summit that are very easy to find. There were four other hikers already there. Two of them were from Seattle and they helped take some pictures for me. From the peak I could see two wild fires down towards San Diego and also the other peaks around: I had great views of Mount San Antonio, San Gorgonio and Santiago Peak. I could also see a nice Mountain Range to the South East.
I then continued over to San Jacinto Azimuth Benchmark. The high point here was easy, but I could not find the BM. I continued on to Jean Peak arriving at 2:01 pm. There was a good deal of elevation change between San Jacinto and Jean. To add to it there is no trial so I had to bushwhack through the hills which took extra time. I could not find the BM on Jean, but there were multiple rock outcroppings here so I got on top of all of them expect one than had a tree grown over the top of it. It looked like someone had tried to climb the tree as it's main limb was broken. I was able to get my head up to the top of this rock and touch it.
I then continued on to Peak 10388 (Prov) arriving at 2:32. Again a number of rock outcroppings that each could have been the peak so I climbed each one. Again no BM to mark the summit. I continued on to Marion Mountain arriving at 3:11pm. Same as Jean and Peak 10388 no BM marking the peek. I did find a blue coffee can under some rocks at what looked like the highest point. I left it there and just took some pictures. By this time my knee was starting to hurt some, but I continued on to Mt. St. Ellen's (Prov). There was a very nice un-maintained trail through pine trees on the way. I made it to the peak of Mt. St. Ellen's at 3:25 pm. There is one large rock out cropping here that I had to climb up. On top there was a wood box base and a small circle divot in the rock where the BM used to be. I could see some mortar there that used to hold it. It was very windy so I took some pictures and then got back down. I made my way back over Marion and Jean to the main trial for San Jacinto. I hiked by to the Tram station going through Round Valley and Long Valley. I had to walk very slow as my knee was strained. I made it to the Ranger station at 6:20 and to the Tram station at 6:30. I took the tram down and arrive at my car right at 7:00pm.
This was a great day to hike. I got eight peaks and spent most of the day off the main trail making by way around rocks, snow, trees both fallen and upright, and bushes.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: San Jacinto Peak (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Cornell Peak2014-05-14 a
2Miller Peak2014-05-14 b
3San Jacinto Peak2014-05-14 c
4San Jacinto Azimuth Benchmark2014-05-14 d
5Jean Peak2014-05-14 e
6Shirley Peak2014-05-14 f
7Marion Mountain2014-05-14 g
8Mount Saint Ellens2014-05-14 h



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