Mount San Jacinto Peak – Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering

San Jacinto Mountain, Mount San Jacinto Peak photo

Mount San Jacinto Peak

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San Jacinto Peak, Mount San Jacinto Peak photo

Mount San Jacinto Peak

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San Jacinto as seen from Jean Peak, Mount San Jacinto Peak photo

Mount San Jacinto Peak

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  • Elevation: 3293 m
  • Difficulty: Walk up
  • Best months to climb: June, July, August
  • Convenient center: Palm Springs

Mount San Jacinto Peak Climbing Notes

Jesse from UNITED STATES writes:

A friend and I did a 2-day trip to the summit via the Marian Mountain trailhead in Idyllwild on Jan 28-29, 2018.

Snow started and persisted from about mile 1.5 to the summit.

Snow was packed but not too icy. Spikes would have been nice (read: safer) but the temps had been in the mid 30's to mid 40's which kept the icy spots to a minimum. I'd definitely recommend spikes - especially after this mini-heatwave is over.

Plenty of flowing water at the Upper Springs Bed Crossing just over .5 miles from Little Round Valley. I suspect this will freeze again after the temps drop again.

We Camped at Little Round Valley. Probably 3-4 inches of snow at a minimum up there. Try to camp in a place protected by the wind - It gets crazy up there!

Hiked up to the summit in the morning before the tram started running and had it all to ourselves.

The last 100 yards were tough without spikes. Had to take it pretty slow as the snow is super packed and slick up there!

TL;DR: Marian Mountain Trail to Summit 1/28-1/29, 2018 = Decent amount of snow. Spikes recommended as temps drop. Great Hike!


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