San Jacinto Peak via Fuller Ridge

Mountain Center, California

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) follows Fuller Ridge northwest from San Jacinto Peak. The long dirt road by which you arrived reaches the trail at 7720 feet, the highest point to which you can drive on the mountain. This high trailhead might seem to offer an easy route to the summit, but the trail climbs up and down to bypass gendarmes on the rugged ridge, then makes a long detour south around Folly Peak to the Deer Springs area before climbing to the summit by way of Little Round Valley. On the way down, you make the same detour and the same downs and ups, resulting in a surprisingly demanding hike. Your hard work is rewarded with stunning views of Snow Creek carving the dramatic northwest face of San Jacinto. You are likely to enjoy solitude along this little-used section of the PCT.

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"The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) follows Fuller Ridge northwest from San Jacinto Peak. The long dirt road by which you arrived reaches the trail at 7720 feet, the highest point to which you can drive on the mountain. This high trailhead might seem to offer an easy route to the summit, but the trail climbs up and down to bypass gendarmes on the rugged ridge, then makes a long detour south around Folly Peak to the Deer Springs area before climbing to the summit by way of Little Round Valley. On the way down, you make the same detour and the same downs and ups, resulting in a surprisingly demanding hike. Your hard work is rewarded with stunning views of Snow Creek carving the dramatic northwest face of San Jacinto. You are likely to enjoy solitude along this little-used section of the PCT."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mountain Center
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 4,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 8 hours
Season: June-October
Local Contacts: Mt San Jacinto State Park

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