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San Jacinto Peak Professional Review and Guide
"Clean, white granite boulders, rock climbing, fabulous views. And the largest pine cones you’ll probably ever see. John Muir called the view from the summit of San Jacinto Peak “one of the most sublime spectacles to be found on earth.” It’s true. You’ll be seeing vistas all the way from Nevada to the Pacific Ocean, from Mexico to the Sierra. This is a long day hike, or an overnighter with a stay at Round Valley Camp."
--Jay Anderson, Climbing California's Mountains (Falcon Guides).
This was a great trail. Beautiful scenery on the way up and even a beter view from the top. The trail is fairly steep but well maintained. Better maintained and packed then the Baldy trail and definitely better San Gorgonio which was kinda loose and gravelly in spots(i took the vivian creek trail). The guide is right there are some boulders that make for safe good crack climbing practice. To bad I was to tired to try. I made it to the peak in 2hrs 45 min and back down in 1hr 50 min. The rush was because I had work that day. If I recall correctly there is a 5.2, 3.6, 1.2, and finally at the emergency shelter whichis pretty cool I might add a .3 marker. I mention this just so you can help you pace yourself and don't get overzealous. At the 3.6 the trail levels out for a quarter mile or so for some well earned rest. And again at the 1.2. Good luck its well worth it. Ive seen some gorgeous trails in Washington and this really compares.
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