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Cactus to CloudsBig Bear - Jacinto, CA
Big Bear - Jacinto, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 03 2015
BiFrost
Hiking19.92 Miles 10,946 AEG
Hiking19.92 Miles   14 Hrs   51 Mns   1.61 mph
10,946 ft AEG   2 Hrs   29 Mns Break
 
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First time doing Cactus to Clouds leaving museum parking area at 4am. Cool to see Palm Springs light show on the ascent before sunrise with perfect temps to start. The trail is a bit rocky and offshoot trails in the dark make it more interesting to follow for the first mile. After that the trail is in good condition which made getting into a pace easier. The good trail conditions continue until about 8 miles when it gets more rugged and much steeper. The last 1.5 miles up to the tram is the steepest section of the entire hike making it feel longer. Finally made the tram in just under 8 hours before picking up permits for the San Jacinto hike at the ranger station.

After break and topping off water we started up San Jacinto. Lots of people on this part with tourists coming off the tram. We started to feel the fatigue of 8000 plus AEG on the final climb. Slow going but we finally made it up top with some clouds rolling in over the peak. Chilly on top taking a nice break and the celebratory pic enjoying the moment. Headed back down and made it to the tram by sunset happy to ride instead of hike. Great to complete this hike after reading so much about it :D
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