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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 26, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 8, 2020
HikingBugs

Hiked this during the intense labor day weekend heat wave on Saturday, 9/5, from Deer springs trailhead to San Jacinto Peak. Started around 5:30am. There were about 5 other cars in the lot already. Came back around 5pm. Grueling 11.5 hour hike in the heat. The way back from Strawberry Junction to trailhead (about 4.5 miles) reminded me of the neverending switchbacks on Lone Pine Lake at Whitney. Strangely, my lower calves and feet hurt more on this trail than it did for Whitney, perhaps because the grade is lower and there is sandy terrain. We did it as a loop going coming back via Wellman's Divide, which was very scenic but exposed and hot. The trees on the trail are magnificent. There are huge pinecones besides the trail. Saw a deer. The summit had a number of people on top and was serene. Someone made a new sign for the summit. There is no discernible trail to the summit. You just have to climb up boulders to the top. Thankfully, the rocks weren't too slippery to climb on. Lot of aggressive black flies. I had to wear a head net for about 1/3 of the trail. There were a few water sources from creeks on way to the summit and one coming back. Thankful to have made it back safe though we were dehydrated from the heat when done. Total is about 19.5 miles. I would do this again in cooler weather and using the tram. Overall nice way to spend a holiday weekend.

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Solmoz Azartash-Namin reviewed Marion Mountain to San Jacinto [CLOSED]
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We started this hike around 7am and finished around 2pm. It's a tough first 2-2.5 miles right off, in my opinion, probably the hardest part of the hike. We got a little off track from the parking to the trail so make sure you're paying attention... I was too excited to start I guess. On the drive in, we saw off in the distance the El Dorado fire and we were not sure if we would or should do the hike. When we got to the trailhead parking we decided to evaluate. Since the fire was far enough away, no evacuation at the time, and no high winds we determined it was okay. We saw a ranger in their truck to ask. The only reason for 4/5 stars is the smoke and air quality was not that great at the top, and you could not see much at the summit. Most of the trail though was not that bad, but you could smell the smoke some still within the treeline. On a perfect day, I would probably give it 5 stars. It's a kick-ass hike and challenging! We were doing this hike as our 5/6 of the 6 pack challenge and our last big hike before our Mt Whitney trip next weekend (RIP to that, it just got cancelled because of the fire danger the National Forests are facing, and they are closing in California until further notice) Although we are in an excessive heat, starting early was our ally and we never got too hot. It was perfect temperature the entire hike...60s to 70s at the end. The breakdown was this: as avid hikers we kept a good pace up and summitted in 3hrs 20min. Spent about 20 min at the top. The way down we explored more and took our time so we took ~3hrs 15min down. Not many people this day on the trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2020
HikingGreat!

Second time to hike this trail, the view is spectacular as always, and it is such a nice place to escape from the heat. The temperature can be 50F lower than the foot of the mountain. Really enjoyed the hike!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 6, 2020
Backpacking

It was a beautiful hike through the arid mountainside San Jacinto. The first 7 miles of the hike is straight uphill and you gain about 4,000 feet of elevation (be prepared). We backpacked this trip and camped at Round Valley campground which goes right through this route. The second day we camped and it was closer to 9 miles the second day but way less strenuous due to it being mostly downhill. I highly recommend bringing trekking poles for additional support and bring as much water as you can carry since this time of the year there isn’t a good amount of water to refill. If you do find water make sure to bring a filtration system!

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Benjamin Brehm-Stecher reviewed Marion Mountain to San Jacinto [CLOSED]
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Good, well defined trail. Quite steep at the beginning, but manageable.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
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Like what others mentioned: steady and relatively steep incline. With decent shades the entire trail. There are at least three creeks still running 3 miles to 4 miles in. While definitely filter the water before you drink it, the small creeks all seem pretty clear, not extremely muddy. The San Jacinto sign on the summit has also been replaced. It is previously reported to be stolen... We witnessed the formation of a new forest fire today September 5th 2020 in the San Bernardino forest and the mushroom clouds/smoke it generates. The air quality will most likely go down significantly in the next few days, so plan your hike accordingly!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
HikingGreat!

Gorgeous trail! The trees, the views, the rock formations, the smell of pines, the lush vegetation and abundant water in the springs, this trail is one of my all time favorites! We hiked it Sunday, Aug 30th. It was shady almost all the way, and the sunny portions were on higher altitude so it never got too hot. No bugs whatsoever! Steady climb all the way up. Very steep, so glad we brought the trekking poles. We didn’t encounter too many people on Marion Mountain trail, it got a bit busier when we merged with other trails. We didn’t find this trail to be rocky at all, it was pretty comfortable. There was plenty of water to filter in Deer Spring, and we replenished the supply at Little Round Valley too. Views all the way up. At the top there were about 20 other hikers. The sign was gone. It was an awesome day of hiking!

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Giancarlos Munoz reviewed Marion Mountain to San Jacinto [CLOSED]
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 2, 2020
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Great hard hike

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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

The first 2-miles of this hike is a steep incline which is the hardest part of the whole hike, coming back down it is quite a strain on the knees (I stupidly left my hiking poles in my car). The middle half of the hike is really not too bad, there are some thorns on the way up which are overgrown, and if you have shorts on they will almost certainly cut your legs. The last 1.3 miles from the signpost are exciting and the incline starts to become steeper at parts throughout, you do have to boulder to get to the top which is quite fun, I decided to boulder from the bottom, you can take the trail up a little further, but where is the fun in that... I left at 6am from Marion Mountain Campground and it took me 3 hours 3 minutes to get to the top (I hike somewhat fast solo), and the descent was faster where I trail-ran a few parts to add to the excitement, this took 2 hours 25 minutes for a total hike time of 5 hours 28 minutes. Tips: There is good shade coverage for the descent (I had shade for the whole ascent just about due to leaving early). There are a few streams you cross (one is a little muddy) where you can refill water if you have a good filtering system or tablets. I definitely recommend having a spray of some natural bug deterrent at the start, this should be enough to last the whole hike (it was for me). I went through 2.7 liters of water with electrolytes and had some energy gummies and fruit on the way up, along with a smoked turkey sandwich at the top. Always bring good long-sustaining food. Be sure to have enough water, I hiked this much quicker than average, if you are out there longer I would advise you to bring more, a good rule of thumb is to bring at least 500ml per 1-hour. Ideally, have electrolytes added to help your muscles and body go longer and recover faster. Wear pants to help with the overgrown thorns in two patches. The trail is easy to follow and signposted very well, I did not use my GPS or map at all. But always good to have a physical map and to know how to read it just in case! Acclimate as well as you can, you will notice the thinner altitude when you get to around 2-miles remaining. If you get AMS stop and wait, if symptoms don't subside, then start descending. I would advise camping at Marion Mountain Campground the night prior, they have sites you can reserve in advance, but there are also just 8 First-Come First-Served sites that only cost $10 cash in an envelope at the campground to reserve, there were 7 of these available when I arrived. Check in/ Check out is 2pm and the trail goes right through the campground I highly advise this for anyone who has come from a very low altitude (I live right next to the sea, so I deemed it as necessary for me).

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 31, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 31, 2020

Did it clockwise. Stunningly beautiful on the west side of the loop. There is one spot to fill water on west side and many on the east side. Was 20 miles on Strava from car back to car. West side is exposed to sun so was pretty hot.

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Welmoed van Deen reviewed San Jacinto Peak Loop Trail [CLOSED]
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BackpackingGreat!

We went up to Little Round Valley and got up early the next day to make it to the peak for sunrise (around 6.15am this morning). We were the only ones there. Then tracked back down to Little Round Valley (instead of the full loop) and back to the trailhead. We camped in the campsite named ‘Owl’s Hooch’ (campsite #2), which was very nice and isolated next to a little meadow and protected from the wind. The creek through the campground was running steadily (enough to filter water). Several other water sources close to the campsite but further down everything is dry. Visibility from the peak was great this morning! Camping permit available through the ranger station in Idyllwild (we requested it by mail, it took 8 days to get it back in the mail).

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
HikingBugsRocky

Great trail, enough rocks to keep you on your toes! Make sure to get your day hiking permit, you can get it from the campground right as you turn onto the road that leads to the trailhead. If you get there and it’s dark, go into the campground entrance and make a right towards the check in, once you make that right, there are 3 parking spots off to the right where the day hiking permits are, remember to bring a pen. When you get to the trail head, be careful going into the dirt parking area if you have a car, there is one section with a significant drop (a foot maybe?) between the road and the dirt parking lot, since I got there and it was pitch dark I didn’t realize until my mustang fell a foot and I heard the whole bottom of the car scraping. After you park, enjoy the hike! Pretty constant slope all the way to the top. Mile and a half from the top there is an outhouse, bring your own TP! One last note, went on a Sunday and 90% of people were not wearing masks :(

Had a great time yesterday doing the Humber Park, Peak, Round Valley Loop yesterday. Not too many hikers out. Trail was mostly well maintained and Round Valley was beautiful with the green meadows. After you leave the Long Valley turn off, it's pretty barren and warm due to it being a burn area until you get to Skunk Cabbage. Bring bug spray and a bug net if the bugs bother you. Overall a great 20 mile hike . Also, the tram and cafe is closed due to Covid & maintenance.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2020
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Tough hike but the setting and views are spectacular!

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jerry stephenson reviewed Marion Mountain to San Jacinto [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2020
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Nice trail. steep. some single track brush that I hate. but lots of shady forest. nice view. plenty of water as high as little round valley. some mosquitoes down low. so if you're the one that complains about a mosquito bite for a week wear some repellent.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2020
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Beautiful. Rocky. Tough one for sure! Sad someone stole the sign :(

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 28, 2020
HikingGreat!Scramble

Tough first two and a half miles, steep with a lot of bugs and then very pleasant with varying grades until you clear the campground then it's up again. Bouldering the last quarter mile to the top with great views.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 26, 2020
HikingGreat!

Great hike! Was a little buggy on the deer springs portion. It’s a longer route, but it gives you the most in the category of great views!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 24, 2020
BackpackingBugsGreat!Rocky

This is a very strenuous hike especially if you are carrying a heavy bag. It's a steep hike from start to finish and coming back down can be hard on the knees. But it is beautiful, has lots of shade so is doable on a hot day, and there are water streams a little past halfway so you can carry less water by filtering.

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