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San Jacinto Peak via Devils Slide, CA

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Distance One Way 15.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,511 feet
Elevation Gain 4,183 feet
Accumulated Gain 5,850 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 34.65
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    San Jacinto Peak via Devils Slide
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    Felt the need to get out and about so decided to visit San Jacinto Peak (elevation 10834 feet). Been up that way numerous times but never went to the top of SJ. Weather was warm below 7500 feet but that only affected the afternoon's return trip. Most of the day I just had to contend with little or no oxygen... Did this as a solo hike, which was kind of a novelty for me; usually do this area with other hikers. Kind of nice to be by oneself (quieter too!!). Wouldn't have gotten as close to the herd of deer if I'd been with the usual gang. Of course, the deer wouldn't cooperate and let me get any decent pictures of them.

    Left the parking lot around 0800 and made it to the peak around 1300. Had to make frequent stops above 9500 feet to gather what air I could find; that slowed progress a bit... Wasn't any need to rush so I just enjoyed the scenery and the views. Figured since it was Sunday, on the tail end of a Holiday, I'd have the place to myself. True, until I reached Wellman Divide... From there to the peak , it was a veritable freeway!

    Wellman Divide marks the point where the trail from the Palm Springs Aerial Tram connects to the Deer Springs Trail (which leads to SJ Peak). When I reached the peak, there were probably 20-30 people crammed up there. Glad I didn't go when the place was crowded!!

    After a few obligatory pictures and a quick lunch, I bid adieu to the hill-top hoard and returned to the relative solitude of the trails leading back to my car. Arrived right around 1700. All in all, it was a great day to be out and about.

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