San Jacinto Peak via Deer Springs Trail

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Mount San Jacinto State Park

San Jacinto Peak via Deer Springs Trail is a 16.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 16.1 miles Elevation Gain: 5,226 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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no dogs

Nice 2 mile out and back

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washed out
7 days ago

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scramble
snow
10 days ago

Definitely a must in Southern California. There was very few patches of snow left to melt so I had to deviate off trail several times making it a little more adventurous. The clarity of the sky allowed for views as far as Catalina. Make the time, and take the longer, less trekked route. You won’t regret it.

hiking
12 days ago

Much less crowded way to summit the mountain. The forest going up is surprisingly lush for SoCal. The views from the peak are impressive.

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blowdown
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snow
19 days ago

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3 months ago

2/22/20 - a lot of snow. Bring crampons

Hiked the Deer Springs trail on 23 Feb 2020. Snowed/rained the night prior which caused some difficulty finding the trail at certain points. Was able to get up with just microspikes but had snowshoes just in case. Only the first person up in the morning told me they wore snowshoes. Later there was enough hard packed snow for everyone else. Only needed the spikes toward the last 2 miles of the trail and they were more of a nice to have vs needed. I did post hole a couple times on the way down because I wasn’t paying attention to the trail. This was mainly between the Marion mountain trail intersection and the summit. Started at 0640 and had a ton of breaks due to the difficultly/being out of shape. Made it to the summit around 1400 and departed at 1500 which was a little too late for sunset. Didn’t stop much on the way down and still had to hike in the dark for a little. Snow was melted off the trail below 8000 feet or so. Had 3 liters of water but wish I had 4-5 min. Luckily I had a stove to boil some more. Hope this helps.

What amazing views from the top! It was a bitch walking down though. My dogs are barking!!

hiking
9 months ago

I tried go up to San Jacinto peak and I started from dear spring trail head. First 5miles to strawberry junction is really slow because of heavy

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bugs
no shade
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10 months ago

Summited this peak in July 2019. Much respect to this trail and mountain. It is a beautiful hike with many areas with differing flora and vibes. There are many streams (went during this unusually wet year), shaded areas with ferns and other shade loving plants, as well as beautiful tree groves of differing species. Absolutely love this trail! This is definitely not for the beginner hiker. You must work your way up to this level or you will suffer needless pain if you attempt to summit. Having said that, there are certain sections a beginner can hike up to and turn around. Great for seasoned hikers that want to keep their chops up and maintain their conditioning. If you want to summit, be prepared! Bring water, snacks/food, and adequate footwear. Finally, help keep the trail clean and flourishing by packing out anything you bring in and stay on designated trail. Have fun and be safe!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked from Deer Springs to Jacinto Peak on 6 22 2019. Return from with Jacinto via Wellman's divide and Strawberry pass. Added Suicide Rock for an additional side trip. Views were incredible!

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muddy
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11 months ago

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Mon Jun 03 2019

A lot of snow, had difficulty staying on trail near the end. Got completely lost a mile from the top and didn’t summit :::(((( Returning next month to complete

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