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Cactus to CloudsBig Bear - Jacinto, CA
Big Bear - Jacinto, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2015
friendofThundergod
Hiking19.70 Miles 10,795 AEG
Hiking19.70 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   2.34 mph
10,795 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I asked JJ if he was interested in a Mazzie Peak, Ord two for one. He called my Mazzie, Ord Peak special and raised me a Cactus to Clouds. He told me we would leave at midnight, with minimal to no sleep, drive straight through, hit the trail at four and then tackle perhaps the most AEG one can get in a hike in the U.S. I said you had me at minimal to no sleep. I also thought what a great way to celebrate the birthday of the greatest country in the world.

We hit the trail at four on the dot. We quickly caught another group of hikers and passed them like they were standing still. As it turns out they were not standing still, but probably a little in over their heads and just moving very slowly. We later learned that a ranger had to bring them water down to 7000 feet as we were finishing. Probably ten hours on the trail for them by that point and they were still 1000 feet below the tram.

Ok back to the hike. The ease at which JJ flew up that mountain, made me feel like I did not even belong on this hike! Nevertheless, I was able to plug my way up the hill to some respectable splits 4:40 to the skyline and under seven to the summit. We had a good time on the summit, old glory was a hit, we chatted and joked with several of the hikers on the way dow and spread as much Fourth of July spirit as we could.

The tram was bumping and the ride down was pretty cool; a great way to finish the day. After the tram it was a quick taxi ride back to the museum and some Del Taco of course. Got away with another sub four dollar lunch and that is always reason for celebration.

A big thanks to JJ for driving and setting up probably one of my sure to be all time favorite day hikes.

Finally, all I can say is hike California it rocks! ;)
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