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Mt. San Jacinto - Devil's Slide Trail

 

Trail Stats

 

Distance - 15.3 Miles

Elevation Gain/Loss - 4500 ft.

Max Elevation Reached - 10,850 ft.

Difficulty Level - Strenuous

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Track

 

  

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Description

   

Mt. San Jacinto is the second highest peak in Southern California! Located in Mt. San Jacinto State Park, this peak is accessible via several different trails from almost all directions. This description focuses on the Devil's Slide Trail which starts within the boundary of San Bernadino National Forest. This map shows the various trails and trail camps in the wilderness area.

   

The trailhead is located in Idyllwild, CA. Drive to Humber Park at the very end of Fern Valley Rd. Since the hike starts within the NF, you will need a permit to enter the wilderness. The permits are limited. They typically run out on summer weekends and can be collected at the Ranger Station in Idyllwild.

  

Needless to say, this hike is pretty streneous. The trail gains elevation pretty much from the get go. The trail is generally in very good condition. It is fairly well shaded except at the very high elevations. From Humber Park, the trail takes you to Saddle Junction where it itersects the Pacific Crest Trail. This is also the junction where a trail branches off to Tahquitz Peak. Your path to the San Jacinto peak follows the PCT for some distance after which PCT branches off to the left towards Strawberry Jct. You continue straight and head for Wellman's Divide, another prominient junction bringing in loads of hikers who take the Palm Springs Aeiral Tramway to the Mountain Station and hike from there. From Wellman's divide you head uphill climbing another 1000 odd feet to the summit.

 

Just before the summit is a stone shelter, well roofed and well maintained by fellow hikers and backpackers. It seems to be well stocked, thanks to generous donations from well meaning hikers who often leave water, nutrition bars, crackers and such. It even has warm clothing and some bedding as well. 

 

The summit is marked by huge boulders, most of which you can easily climb and pose for stunning photographs. Of course, there is the famous summit sign and a couple of official USGS markers as well.

    

Elevation Profile

 

 

Trail Log

 

June 28th, 2009

    

Started from San Diego - 4:45 am

Started from Trailhead - 7:30 am

Reached the summit - 2:00 pm

Started back - 3:00 pm

Reached Trailhead - 6:30 pm

Started Driving back - 7:00 pm

Reached San Diego - 9:30 pm or later

  

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Notes -

 

Sachin. D, Raymond. D, Sesh. K and I started driving from San Diego at 4:45. We started hike at 7:30 when it was still cool. We had our breakfast on the move and were done with it by the time we got to Saddle Junction, our first break.

 

We took it easy on our way up, stopping many times for mini breaks, photo-ops etc. There seemed to be several groups of backpackers wheo were on their way back after spending a night at some trail camp (or possibly multiple different trail camps?) Our next big break was at Wellman's Divide where we met up with a bit group of boy scouts. Their troop leader, an elderly gentleman, had just returned from Chennai, India and was narrating his experiences there.

 

At the summit, we had lunch and we took lots of photos, of our group as well as  others. After lunch we lay down and and relaxed high above the desert floor. 

  

The descent was quite quick without any significant breaks.  

  

    

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