Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 2018-12-23

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, December 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Tram
Peak:San Jacinto Peak
    Elevation:10839 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing Mount Baldy and San Gorgonio the previous two days, it was the day for the easiest of the "three saints" of Southern California. I'll need to come back for one of the valley floor routes when I can afford rest days, but for the time being I was happy to bag the high point with the help of the tram. As such, I made sure to get an "early" start (the first tram was at 8am) to dodge what I anticipated would be gigantic holiday crowds. I got the 8:45am tram to the top and set off towards the summit a little after 9am. The trail was covered in snow for just about the entire route, but it was all low angle enough that I didn't need anything more than poles on the way up. I passed about five groups on my way to the summit, arriving around 11am after just under two hours. The views were astonishing -- the best of the three days. A couple other groups arrived as I strapped on my crampons and prepared to head down around 11:40am. I reached the tram station around 1:10pm where I was met with throngs of folks milling about and doing general snow things. I took the tram down and returned to my hotel in Palm Desert where I had leftover pizza from the previous night.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2749 ft / 836 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2749 ft / 836 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.8 mi / 15.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2549 ft / 776 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2349 ft / 716 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Start Trailhead:Tram station  8490 ft / 2587 m
    Time:1 Hours 56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2549 ft / 776 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2349 ft / 716 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    End Trailhead:Tram station  8490 ft / 2587 m
    Time:1 Hours 29 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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