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Mt. San Jacinto

Today I had the opportunity to go on a hike to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. I have only been there one, using the tram and the ground was covered with snow. This time the hike would be further and have a lot more elevation gain as we would be hiking from Idyllwild rather than taking the tram.

We met near the trailhead at about eight in the morning. We then started up the Devils Slide trail, a section that is 2.5 miles long and has an elevation gain of 1,700 feet. From there we catch the Pacific Crest Trail heading north. Then onto the Springs Trail headed towards the peak at an elevation of 10,834 feet.

What did we see along the way, Tahquitz peak from a couple of different angles.

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A couple of small springs that provided moisture for the upcomming skunk cabbage and soon to be emerging ferns.

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There was also other vegetation along the way (Sierra currant and mountain pink currant).

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Some time to play in the snow and try to make a snow angel.

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Then there was the shelter near the peak that offered an opportunity to have a little fun.

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Of course, if you make it to the top, carry the sign to the top and get your picture taken.

On top of Mt. San Jacint

On top of Mt. San Jacint

We had a great time. The hike was a long 16 miles with 4,400 foot elevation gain. However, it was worth it.


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