Ascent of San Jacinto Peak on 2018-04-17

Climber: Alex Lennon

Date:Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:San Jacinto Peak
    Elevation:10839 ft / 3303 m

Ascent Trip Report

An excellent day on San Jacinto! After brutal winds the previous night and that morning in Joshua Tree, I was prepared for a blustery time up here. Instead, it was comfortably in the 40's with clear blue skies and no winds on top! The entire trail is basically snow-free, I'm happy to report. Anyone climbing this year should have no concerns about bringing ice axes or any kind of traction at this point in the season. Compared to last year, this snowpack is nothing! The few patches of snow or ice by the trail are of no consequence and can all be avoided. The CCC hut near the summit is really cool and worth a visit as you hike up. I Spent about half an hour on top, chatting with a couple of PCT thru-hikers- one from Sweden and a couple from Denmark. I was happy to share my trail mix with them as they'd left their snacks at the PCT junction with some friends. I enjoyed the ideal summit weather conditions and basked in the sun for a while, enjoying being able to look 11,000 feet straight down into Coachella Valley. After over half an hour on the summit, I strolled quickly back the way I had come. I made quick work of this one- from the tram, I took 2 hours up and 1:45 down. Well worth it for the amazing rotating tram ride and the excellent hike, not to mention the amazing views of San Gorgonio, San Antonio, the Salton Sea, and all of Joshua Tree NP. I could definitely see coming for a repeat sometime in the future. This peak is awesome! Duncan and I now prepare for a much longer climb tomorrow, San Gorgonio.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2723 ft / 829 m
    Total Elevation Loss:200 ft / 60 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2723 ft / 829 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2523 ft / 769 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Route:Long Valley, Round Valley, Peak Tr from Tram
    Start Trailhead:8316 ft / 2534 m
Descent Statistics

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