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Absolutely had every intention of summating to peak but the winds were SO intense and with a mile to go the coldness set in and the trail disappeared- we turned around. 1/21/19

So definitely heed the warning and bring microspikes or full-on crampons if you plan on summiting during the winter. hiking poles are a must for me as well. It is significantly more challenging in the winter.

Snowy but passable for this visiting Wisconsinite. Nice summit views. Warm temps. I only needed a light jacket and headband. I started the route by passing through the ski area and finishing with Baldy Bowl. I only saw three other hikers before summiting. on the way down, I passed many hikers going the other way, easily numbering 50 or more. By the time I finished at 1pm, the parking lot was a mass of humanity, completely full with cars of hikers and skiers.

backpacking
10 days ago

The trail was almost entirely snow covered but mostly packed down and easy to follow until close to the very top, when the footprints diverged and several paths led straight up to the ridge. Traversing the steep and snowy ridge from there up to the summit was a little sketchy—I probably should have had an ice axe but made do without one. Microspikes and trekking poles were enough. Managed to find a tiny dry spot under a tree on the other side of the summit to set up my tent with a beautiful view of Baldy. Cold and windy, but very beautiful!

First winter hike on this trail. Snowed all day long. I like snow covered Mt. Baldy than dry/hot summer hike. Weather is mild even in January here but still need to drive carefully to the trail head when it snows.

mostly snow covered trail as of 1/11...with snow in forecast. great hike, had a blast as this was my first hike in snow of this much

Had to turn back about a mile and a half from the top due to a late start, but oh my, what an amazing hike. Awesome views, no crowds, perfect conditions. Temps were in the upper 40s at the trailhead when I parked at 9:30am. Parking lot was nearly empty. I stopped by the ranger station in town to pick up a permit just in case, but there were none available in the outdoor kiosk and the station itself was closed. Not sure anyone’s checking during the govt shutdown. Lots of snow and ice. I had on micro spikes for most of the hike. Snow was over the ankles for a good bit. Made for a fun trip.

I went on December 21, and ~85% of the trail was in ice or snow. The last half had the hillsides completely covered in snow, from 1 to 2 feet in it. I lost the trail many times after the first half. Very dangerous without a GPS as you can lose your sense of direction (where trail leads), as you’ll see foot prints going various directions and splitting. When I went, there were only 3 other people that I was aware of. Very beautiful and quiet. It was around 40 degrees but it’s not an accurate reading, and there were still heavy gusts when you start to summit.

Such an awesome climb to the Baldy summit today. The views were incredible. Crampons AND Poles are a MUST and that is the minimum. I would’ve felt safer with an ice axe. The temperature was freezing and my hydration pack froze while I was climbing the backbone. Kind of annoying, but that’s why I came hydrated.
I took the fire road route up to the Baldy Notch which lead to the Devils Backbone and up to the summit. I got lost on the way down when the fog set in HEAVILY. I ended up taking a wrong turn and ended up on Register Ridge which was SKETCHY (I loved that).
Come prepared, have patients, and be safe.

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Probably better in summer. Cold and windy near the ski lift. Bar was closed. Took about 30 minutes hiking down to thaw my face and hands. Pretty views and steady incline. Watch for ice

Started the hiking going up the Baldy bowl trail. Good amounts of snow once you get to the ski hut. Micro spikes and trekking poles helped a lot and were necessary for me in most of the snow and icy sections but there were some hikers who didn’t have spikes and or poles. I think if you had crampons they’re fine but might have been over kill. Reached the summit and then decided to do devils backbone on the way down. Not for the front hearted but definitely worth it. It says 9 miles or something but my strava got me at 12 miles. This is my second hike and I loved it. Can’t wait to do it again.

Loved it take enough water in the summer, hat and food!

Hiked this trail about a week ago and it was a killer workout. There is still a ton of snow when you get towards the top and it was really difficult to stick to a trail because it disappeared and there were footprints going every direction. Definitely recommend the spikes for your shoes and hiking poles.

We did this on 12/27, so some info for those looking for details on conditions, etc.

We went to the Ski Hut and then went straight up a chute as opposed to staying on the trail. There’s barely enough snow to do this, so be advised. Crampons, poles, and axe are recommended. I don’t think you’d need an axe if not climbing this part and instead stuck to the trail.

We then hit the summit and took Devil’s Backbone down. Again, crampons and poles recommended.

There’s decent snow/ice above 8500’ in most places.

The rest of it is pretty easy. I’d recommend hitting the ski area on the way down, grabbing a beer, and having a drink on the lift down to skip about a mile of pretty unrewarding terrain down (we did!).

Enjoy!

This is a great hike to challenge yourself! It has a great scenery and a bar with food near the lift. I took my walking sticks because coming down is hard and rocks and dirt slide. I really enjoyed this hike! Bring lots of water and it’s cold at the top so be prepared!

Just a little over 15 miles of trail take the right hiking gear with you. Lots of camping spots but you’ll need a permit. Pretty views and scenery.

Amazing hike, we did it through devil’s backbone out and back. Definitely recommend crampons over microspikes! The snow coverage makes it much more spectacular and scenic. Only used up about 2L of water since the conditions were cool. Poles are needed towards the last stretch to the summit, but didn’t require a snow axe. Took us 8 hours total with a few breaks here and there. Take warm accessories if you’re doing this in the winter such as gloves/ski mask; as it gets pretty windy at the top!

This was my first ascent of San Jacinto peak from the west side and my first visit to Idyllwild and surrounding area. While I was not prepared for the slippery conditions where center sole crampons would have been ideal, I found the trail, forest and views to be absolutely spectacular. I'm in the process of moving to San Jacinto from a lifetime in CT and I look forward to many more day and backpacking trips to this region. The gradual climb from Humber park to the peak was moderate and very easy to follow. The few intersections are market with trail signs and distances. I hike at a comfortable pace but I also like a workout. Alone I left the car at 6:30am and was on the peak by 10:45am. This left ample time for lunch, pictures and the return trip with plenty of daylight remaining. Total hike time 8 1/4 hours. Next time I go in December I will be sure to bring along my crampons and trekking poles.

One of the best hikes. This hike actually is not really hard as people say. I took my three older sons with me (13,10, 10) and they completed it with no issues. Mind you they have been backpacking since age 2.

We had a great time! Snow at that time was perfect.

Plenty of snow/ice as of December 15, 2018-recommend crampons/poles. Snow is almost knee deep toward the peak...I made it without any extra gear, but the final portion of the climb was challenging. Trail can be followed fairly easily. Awesome views throughout the hike and especially at the summit. Need an Adventure Pass to park in the lot at Vincent Gap.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite route to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto. Short, but steep. Great views.

Great hike! Hard, but that’s why we do it. I’ve used this hike twice to train for Mt. Whitney.

Beautiful hike today. Be prepared for the cold from now until late spring. I could've used another layer of clothes and gloves.

Just hiked this trial this weekend. ALL snow. 24” of fresh powder made the summit impossible for our team. Setup for the night at High Camp. Great hike. Cold at 24°. Well worth the experience. Will come back for the summit soon.

I finally completed the 6 pack of Peaks. This hike is freaking hard. We left at 6:05 am and finished at 4:30 PM. Spent less than 15 minutes at the top for photos. 1st mile after you cross dry river bed is a killer. The last couple miles the same, killer. I did this hike about a month ago. All snow now I'm guessing. Mt Whitney next August!

Favorite hike in southern CA so far

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Started at 6 am, temperature at trailhead was 24* F and with the windchill was 16* F. There was snow pretty much along the whole trail, in some places ankle deep. Recommend micro spikes and hiking poles. Dress in layers and don't skimp on the boots and gloves. We were lucky enough to be able to follow another group who had stamped out a trail in the snow for us, otherwise we would not be able to see it at all. The winds were strong enough to bury the trail in some places. Beautiful if not a very strenuous hike. Beautiful views early in the morning.

Light snow about 500 ft or so to summit( 11/28. Microspikes not needed yet but could come in handy in the next couple days since it’s forecasted snow tomorrow...ran down devils back bone it was fun.. went clockwise. Steady incline at the end but nothing crazy. People say their vertigo thing could be an issue which I do have that problem... I didn’t feel anything out of ordinary except when looking at it from a distance made me dizzy. But walking through I was fine. Just Incase anyone else was wondering the same thing? Happy trails

Today: walked about halfway up the backbone from Notch. Chickened out at the hairpin turn around 8700 ft. as trail was very narrow and I had on ASICS with no trekking poles. Will attempt safely in the future. Lots of hikers. Beautiful weather. Bring a warm jacket and scarf. There is snow at the Baldy summit; you can see it from the trail.

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