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San Jacinto Peak, CA
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San Jacinto Peak, CA 
San Jacinto Peak, CA
 
Backpack avatar Jun 12 2009
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Backpack27.00 Miles 3,600 AEG
Backpack27.00 Miles3 Days         
3,600 ft AEG
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A wonderful backpacking trip to explore the high country of Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. Got to spend some time on the PCT, which was a totally different experience than my time on the AZT... Almost made me appreciate more the hardiness and fortitude of Arizona hikers!

Took the tram up from Palm Springs, hiked about 9 miles out to Strawberry Junction - which is a highly recommended camping area with spectacular views and water not to far away (though we didn't know it, duh!). Next day hiked up to Little Round Valley camp and spent the night at 9700'. Hit the peak Saturday afternoon, along with 50 or others, many of whom were dayhikers and scout groups. The spectacular views helped to take a bite out of the impact of the crowd, however.

After a night of sub-freezing temperatures, we broke the ice out of our water bottles and headed back for the tram - heading back up to the peak on our way out. Much better in the early am, as only backpackers and very ambitious dayhikers made it there at that early hour. The tram didn't start for another couple of hours, so those lazy types wouldn't be up for a while!

Overall a great trip - highly recommended. Honestly the best smelling forest I've ever been in!
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