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Deer Springs TrailBig Bear - Jacinto, CA
Big Bear - Jacinto, CA
Backpack avatar Aug 11 2017
Backpack16.00 Miles
Backpack16.00 Miles2 Days         
30 LBS Pack
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Wanted to do a quick backpack through the San Jacinto mountains while I was in California for a short time. Didn't get to begin my hike at the trail head at Idyllwild until 11:30 on Friday. It took me 5.5 hours to get to my destination, which was Little Round Valley campground. The elevation gain combined with the heat of the day and a lack of sleep caused me to move a bit slow up the mountain.

The scenery was incredible. The granite boulders were white, contrasted with gorgeous massive trees. The trail was very well marked, and the views were amazing. There were plenty of water sources along the way, especially past the intersection with Seven Pines Trail. I passed a Conservation Corps crew working on the trail, and they called out HIKER!, then asked my name, and called out my name. Very friendly people working very hard to make an excellent trail.

I loved the campsites at Little Round Valley. Each required a trek past the horizontal sign to find the vertical post. My site was beautiful and comfortable. A stream ran through the middle of the camp ground.

Made the trek down in 3 hours and 40 minutes. Passed probably 40 people coming up the mountain. Short trip, but loved every minute of it!!
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