San Jacinto Peak (The Middle Way) Trail is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.
Heavy traffic from Wellman's Divide to the summit
All the streams dry
Trail maintenance was good in federal but a little overgrown in parts of state
Saw one rattlesnake on Devils Slide
my favorite trail
This is a great trip for people living in southern California that don't want to drive up to the Sierras.
We hiked up to Round Valley and camped there for the night. The next morning we went to the summit(we hid our packs near the trail junction) and hiked back out afterwards.
Beautiful trail into the backcountry. Left Humber Park at 7:15, only saw 3 other people on the trail on the way up. Had to stop when I got to Wellman's Divide. Next time, I'll make it all the way to the top. Be prepared, the incline is relentless on this trail.
This is my 5th hike of the So Cal Six Pack, and maybe my favorite hike. We did this hike on 30 August 2015.
I hiked with two other friends, we got permits at the Idyllwild Ranger Station and headed back to the Marion Mountain Trail head, pretty easy to find and it had semi shaded parking which was a plus.
We probably didn't get on the trial till almost 8:00 am which was at least an hour too late in my opinion, an earlier start would have been better. The trial is pretty well established for the most part, but there were several spots that we got a little turned around and wandered off trail a bit before finding the main trail again. The trail is a lot more covered than I expected and provided several stretches with nice shade to hike in and the scenery was absolutely beautiful.
Towards the top you have to scramble across rocks in the general vicinity of what appears to be (and is) the top, but once at the summit the views from every angle are quite spectacular. We hiked on a warm but breezy day and it was clear and sunny so you could see San Gorgonio, Palm Springs and the rest of the inland empire, truly a beautiful view of most of Southern California.
I'll definitely do this hike again.
Started at 620 just before sunrise on the Devil's Slide, Tahquitz Rock looms over you and is an impressive sight. While on the Devil's Slide you are shielded from the sun by the mountain and under the cover of trees until the top of the slide at the junction. Suicide Rock and Tahquitz Rock are impressive sights and beg to be visited at later time. The trail continues gradually up through the forest until the next junction. At the next junction the topography changes somewhat and provides new features to admire and great views of the surrounding valleys and peaks. The Hut is unexpected sight that tells you, you are about to summit the mountain (.3 miles left). The boulder scramble to the top is marked somewhat by Cairn (small stacks of rocks), the summit is marked by a sign and the USGS medallion, the adjacent rock is the highest point so must be climbed (reached summit at 1000hrs). The views are incredible! The Salton Sea, is easily seen and looks impressive.....but San G is what catches your eye, it is the next summit to be climbed naturally, it begs you too. Hopefully my pics do it more justice, great hike.
Great hike, the views are amazing!
Fantastic in every way. If you are fit for it, consider this a must-do hike. This is really three moderate hikes, back to back to back, but all together and coupled with the elevation change and altitude, is worthy of its rating: Devil's Slide, Wellman's Divide via PCT/Wellman's Cienaga, then on up to the hut and rock-pile summit. Reaching the top is worth the effort, but the views and surprising amount of foliage along the way really make this hike special - pics just don't do it justice.
Conquered this trail in a day hike in Apr. 1985. Good thing this was done on a clear, sunny day because at the top I was rewarded with a spectacular view of the desert floor surrounding Palm Springs to the east and of the Inland Empire to the west.
Did this hike 4/11/14. Nice day not many people. Small sections of snow on upper north facing aspects. Easy to follow trail thru snow without extra equipment. Elevation was easier going up than coming down, I would recommend poles to take some of the shock off your tired feet and knees. Took 10 hours but I was slowed by acl replacement from 6 months ago. Can't wait to explore the area more!
The route from Idyllwild includes part of the Pacific Crest Trail. Very peaceful until you get to the merge with the trail from the tram, then it gets a little crowded, still beautiful.
Great hike! The hike itself is not bad but when you account for the thin air at the elevation it slows you down. Would do again.
Great trail. Lots of shade and plenty of good photo opportunities. It can get a little crowded at the top (many take the arial tram up and do a short hike to the peak) but well worth it.
This looks like an awesome route. I've hiked San Jacinto many times but not this route. I look forward to it.
Strenuous, high altitude hiking. Great views from the top. Plan for sufficient time. Carry at least 2 - 3 l of water. Requires wilderness permits.
Like trail description says, do not attempt this hike unless you are very comfortable outdoors and are confident in your physical ability. The elevation gain in going to peak cause many people altitude sickness, drink lots of water and ascend slowly to better get acclimatized. Do not attempt anytime before April without clamp on's and treking poles as ice and snow holes will be present. We began making our ascent 5am on the second day of the trip and reached the summit around 5pm (allowing our group to all move at the same pace)
There is a water source coming from a ranger out station about 3 miles south of Wellman's Divide.
Cromwell Peak offers great views of Tahiquitz and Little Round Valley and is a great place to set up rock climbing equipment for those who are trained.
(we had a glider fly 50 ft over our head! truly amazing up there!