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I hiked this once again on Wednesday January 16th, up to the five picnic tables,which is more than the official Museum trail loop, I had a total of 1.4 miles. Of the dozen or more trails I have done in the area, it is the steepest. I did not see anyone else using hiking poles, but I am 75 and would not want to try it without, especially coming down. I saw four bighorn sheep quite a ways below me and it looked like some other hikers were really close and the sheep acted curious. The view of Palm Springs is spectacular. You could easily loose the trail without the paint spots as there seem to be multiple choices in spots and in others you are rock hopping a little.

This is a strenuous hike and well worth it. Did this hike on January 11, 2019. Snow was 3ft or higher and temperatures in the very low degrees. We were equipped with the necessary things that we needed to finish the hike at night. Starting at 10:20 am and finished at 8:20 pm. Well worth it. One important thing is to have a map or download AllTrails.

Not for the unprepared or inexperienced due to weather!! Also, prepare for 1 hour + wait time for the tram if you do not arrive EARLY.

TRAIL DETAILS as of 1/6/2019

Went up yesterday to the summit. You will need snowshoes and crampons to get to the top safely and since the going is slow, plan your daylight time for an 8 hour round-trip just to be safe.

LOTS OF SNOW: there is about 3-4 ft of soft powder past Wellman’s Divide and you may or may not have a clear trail carved out for you. Pack for temps in the 10-15 degrees with strong gusts of wind. Reservoir tubes freeze quickly so know the steps to keep your water flowing as it’s a strenuous climb in the deep powder!

Otherwise, it’s a beautiful hike in near perfect winter/snow conditions but be smart and gear up to stay warm!!

Tough first hike of the trip. Climb was pretty strenuous, scenery was beautiful. Do the hike in the morning before it gets too hot - very little shade if any.

We did this trail in reverse so we would have the uphill section first. Great New Year’s Day hike! Lots of friendly people along the trail.

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.

Tough trail to follow in sections and steep in parts but fun with a beautiful view as a reward!

Completed this back in October of 2018. This was my wife and I first peak summit and enjoyed every minute of it! Overall the hike is closer to 15 miles, took us 7.5 hours. If you are into hiking and have decent fitness level you should be able to do this hike with no real issues. Make sure you have the proper attire and gear, plenty of water(we each brought 4.5L of water and had plenty) and a map for reference and you are in good shape. Well worth the effort! Strenuous but attainable!

Cool trail

Took the dogs with us on this hike. Although it was a little narrow in parts, we all enjoyed the walk and the beautiful scenery. Lots of other furry friends on the trail today!

on Museum Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Strenuous and a little difficult to find the trail among the rocks at the end but the views are great. No shade so go at a cool time. And be ready to scramble up and down boulders.

Nice challenging trail. We stopped at North Lykken Trail head and walked to Museum trail head (1.6 km @ 20 min). Hiked Museum Trail and to North Lykken Head Trail. Total time around 2 hr 10 min.

Great hiking experience with the snow :)

If you know when you are going try to book your tram ticket up online before hand. I just went today December 28th and it was a 2 hour wait in the tram station once you got your ticket so by the time I got up it was nearing 12pm. Lots of people, busy busy -which I hate so I was very relieved once I got up and could get away from the tourist side of things. I quickly found the ranger station, got my permit, put on my spikes and headed out. I started following some foot prints in the snow and ended up going in one big circle so that wasted about 40 minutes. The sun goes down around 4:30 now in Palm Springs so I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to make it up and down in time but, I started out anyways after my set back at about 12:45. The trail after that was pretty noticeable (even through the snow) and I started making some good head way. I’m not a very experienced hiker and not super in shape (I like to say average) but I was determined and with some motivation I was able to reach the peak by 2:15. I didn’t take any breaks despite the last couple miles I think I could have used one but I was worried about timing and just powered through. I didn’t stay up too long but I ate a protein bar and enjoyed the view for a few minutes before heading back down. I also rushed past the ranger station although I would have liked to go inside and check it out. I ended up getting back down much quicker than coming up and made good time. I was back down by 3:30pm so I would have actually had more time to hang out and explore but, I wanted to be back before dark and better safe than sorry. I only seen a couple people out there. It was nice and quiet, no wildlife. A bit chilly on my walk down. It was about 5 degrees Celsius. The spikes on my shoes were much needed and I’d really recommend going with them as it was icy. I didn’t bring poles but I could see how those would help. I know people say to train for this and I don’t want to encourage those not ready for it to go but, I think with some common sense and knowing your limits you will be fine. I didn’t train, I am from the prairies in Canada so I’m not used to inclines or elevation and I did just fine. Just make sure however far you go you can get back. Quit if you need to, dress appropriately, enjoy the gorgeous views, buy your tickets online to avoid wait times, don’t leave trash and have fun!!

I did last week although it was awesome I wish I was more prepared. Make sure you have spikes as some parts of the trail are covered with ice. As for the peak make sure you take walking poles and gators so your feet won’t get wet.

Really nice walk

Easy fun hike

Absolutely perfect - so beautiful, challenging, and easy to do in one morning or afternoon!

Gorgeous day, great views, nice to find snow on Christmas Eve. Hard packed snow was easy to navigate with hiking shoes or boots.

Hiked this trail this past weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's an easy out and back trail with beautiful views. It was a perfect hike during this holiday season. The smell of fresh pine trees really put me in a holiday spirit. I look forward to returning to this area to try other trails.

Micro spikes highly recommended. Icy patches off and on in lower elevations. Snow gets deep near the peak. Trail may be hard to follow after fresh snowfall. This is a moderate trail but not one I would go on without the proper gear. Saw people heading up at nearly sunset as we were coming down who were under-equipped and without any concept of how long the trail takes to complete. Be safe, not sorry, especially in the middle of a government shutdown which means no rangers out patrolling.

Nice walk lots of traffic on weekends

hiking
26 days ago

A little to short and steep for my liking but pretty view at the top and a nice little heart-ticker workout.

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.

Trail was reopened on Saturday December 15th from the Mountain Fire closure. Be prepared for quite a bit of snow from the Saddle on. Trail was still easy to navigate along Caramba and the PCT juncture but once getting to the Tahquitz creek crossing things got a little tricky. Snow was about a foot deep at that point. Managed to follow the download and visualize where the trail was until about .3 miles from the peak. Since it hasn’t been maintained, the amount of snow disguises the terrain and could be quite unsafe for the inexperienced hiker.
We were the first (legal) footprints in the snow from the creek on and it was an epic experience. The views were outstanding ❤️
Red Tahquitz we’ll be back for you!!

Amazing hike ! Lots of snow , bring micro spikes and poles .

12/14/18 You will have a better day hiking if you bring micro spikes! Patchy icy snow for first 1/2, lots of soft snow 2nd 1/2 to the top. It’s cooler so dress warm and trail tip: at Saddle Junction you must make a hard RIGHT turn (almost like a U-turn) or you will end up on the wrong trail like we did! Thanks to the AllTrails map & GPS we connected to the correct trail after 30 min! You can’t see the trails because of the snow so make sure your phone is charged so you can keep checking the AllTrail map!

hiking
1 month ago

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

Made it to about a half mile from summit. too much snow and sun goin down. Ice to saddle then powder the rest of the way made it slow but well worth it. Amazing views past saddle along ridgeline. not too strenuous. Most elevation to saddle. Will do again definitely. Make sure you get a parking pass or adventure pass. Also need permit at ranger station. Self serve. Got there at 7am on a sat. and about 6 permits were left.

Such an amazing hike! If youre unsure of where to go there is a friendly staff at the nature center that offers you maps of all the trails available with their level of difficulty. The trails are clean and it is such a great way to spend a day out.

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