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Found Hidden Lake.

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First to Review

Incredible loop. Plenty of water currently but that won’t last more then another couple weeks. Short section of Willow Creek trail is over grown. Camped at round valley, came out to 18 miles total not 15

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Hiking
First to Review

Definitely an easier way to the San Jacinto summer, there’s small springs along the way if you run out of water. The trail is beautiful and empty. I saw about 4 hikers. Perfect time to do this trail is now. The weather was perfect.

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Travis Fisher reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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HikingBlowdownNo shadeRocky

Did cactus to clouds (and back to cactus due to tram closure). Must leave parking lot before 2AM (I left at 10PM). Trail can be difficult to follow at times, and there’s some trees blown down on the upper section. No snow on trail, and creek is running at Long Valley, need some kind of filter for any of the water sources at the ranger station/tram. Down-hiking from the tram to the parking lot is brutal: hiking poles strongly recommend. Won’t do this again until tram is running and you can ride down.

sean bobinski reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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Hiking

Did this October 19’. Awesome hike. Highly recommend it! Great push and work out. View is nice. Last 2 miles seems endless. I found this to be easier than Whitney if that helps anyone put this into perspective. Took about 11 hours including breaks:)

Sam Konowitch reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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HikingOff trail

May 25 notes: Tram is not open, you have to do the full C2C2C or descend via another route. Mile 7.5 through Grubb's Notch is pretty sketchy with some downed trees and branches next to steep drop offs. I would have lost the trail several times without an offline map and GPS. Creeks are running and refill station is open at Round Valley (filter necessary). Restrooms have running water at Long Valley, but no potable water. My GPS watch clocked 16 miles museum to summit not 14. Prepare yourself.

Shelley Stewart reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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Hiking

Hiked it yesterday May 23rd. Trail in great condition. I mean it needs some trail maintenance, lots of fallen trees. But other than that things were great. The little residual snow is of no consequence. You dont have to over-carry water. Don't hike in the desert during peak hot hours. Use common sense. Once at Long Valley you can refill. But you'll have to filter it. Tram is not running so remember this is not an option to save you. I went down by route of Marion Mnt campground. I had a vehicle waiting there. Once again there is tons of water on the trail. This is a long hard hike. Don't doubt it. But at it's easiest right now.

Anali Vargas reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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No shadeRocky

Whoa this place has a nice view but make sure to take plenty of water and wear sunblock.

Jeffery Smith reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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Hiking

Attempted on 4-25-2020 This is one of my favorite hikes it was my second time doing it and got to about 3 miles shy of the peak. Took a good amount of time hiking cactus to clouds to cactus. Ended up being 23.4 miles and 8881 feet of elevation gain. I needed snow shoes to make the peak this time being the first person to attempt it since quarantine. I just uploaded my videos and pictures from the hike on my Instagram if you’d like to see a more in depth view of the trail. meat_the_adventure

Brandon Graham reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRocky
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Justin Ross reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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HikingOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

2nd time doing to the - at the tree line trail gets lost under the snow - 3 to 4 feet of soft melting snow - wet - the weather was perfect both at the start and at the trame. Didn’t go to the summit due to trame close but still 22ish miles or beautiful San Jacinto.

andrew zolopa reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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Hiking

Hiked from N Lykken trail head to snow line at 7500 ft. On Sunday March 15. The last mile ( aka The traverse) has patchy icy snow fields - would highly recommend micro spikes to cross. I turned back at about a 1/4 mile into the traverse - the Tram is closed due to COVID 19 pandemic. So you have to hike back - all told a 19 mile out and back for me - ( 2/3s C2C2C) great challenging hike! Enjoy! Andrew Z

Tara Vander Vliet reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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HikingRocky

I hiked this trail from the North Lykken trail to the Skyline Trail, tuning back at 5,000 feet elevation. According to my Fitbit we did 14 miles out and back, but according to my fellow hikers, we only did 10. I’ll agree to 12. It is a constant climb and coming down isn’t any easier albeit faster. Like any trail, do as much or little of the trail as you are able to. There are rewards on this trail around every corner especially now, during the spring months. The weather was perfect, getting cooler the higher I got. No bugs and lots of sun.

Donna McCormick reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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Alex Rojo Galeana reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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HikingScrambleSnow

Not going to lie, this trail was down-right hard and made me want to quit a dozen times. A couple of thoughts: 1) Train! Regardless of how good of shape you think you’re in, improving your cardio can only help in this trail. The elevation is the farthest thing from gradual and keeps you on your toes 90% of the trail (minus the last 5 miles past the tram; here its much more gradual since it only climbs around 2,000 feet in around 5 miles). 2) Seeing how the environment changes as you change elevation is awesome. As a nature lover, I nerded out on this hard. 3) There’s some sketchy areas in the last 1.5 miles of Skyline. You have to traverse through some steep slopes filled with snow where a fall could be fatal. HIGHLY recommend bringing microspikes, as I was very nervous doing this in my hiking boots. On a related note, Jacinto is getting snow today (March 10) so all of the tough trail conditions I just mentioned will be magnified for a bit. 4) Last couple of miles before the summit are fairly snowy right now. Microspikes would help here as well. 5) Trail is fairly well maintained, but I still recommend bringing your AllTrails GPS to be safe. Especially in the last couple of miles below the tram. Because of the snow and elevation gain, here the trail is a bit harder to keep track of. All in all, this is a radically gratifying yet incredibly hard experience that will bring you an intense sense of accomplishment. I wish anyone thinking of doing this the best of luck. :)

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RunningRockyScrambleSnow

This is an amazing challenge and I see why people say it’s so difficult. If you train properly you can nail it no problem. This trail is stunning, being able to see the valley floor just disappear like this is unforgettable. I went up March 8th 2020 to the peak in just a touch over 6 hours, if you’re hiking fast I’d think it is about an 8-9 hour hike. The pitch up at 7.5 miles to the tram is pretty tough and the snow “starts” to play a role in the difficulty. I say it, “starts”, to because somewhere around 11 miles to the peak I 100% needed Yaks, even with my extra grippy OCR shoes. That hard packed but deep snow made forward progress much slower and finding the trail a bit tougher. GPS was spot on and I used it a ton to navigate through the trail run but more so the last 5 miles to the peak. This was a bucket list trail of mine and it did not disappoint, I’ll be taking some friends back shortly.

Hiker Guy 1 reviewed Skyline Trail: Cactus to Clouds
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HikingBlowdownIcyMuddySnow

Hi, Did C2C 02/20, started at around 3:45a from the museum. Trail was very well marked all the way to the picnic tables. With a headlamp the white markings were really easy to see, beyond the tables there seemed to be less side trails so the need for the white dots was less. The trail itself was in great condition, there were no obstacles or snow until quite high up. Beyond the flat rock and before the flats going to the ranger station is where I ran into snow. As of yesterday the snow was hard packed with footprints so navigation was very easy. Thanks the those that kicked steps! I didn’t need yak tracks or shoe spikes at this point as the snow was just warm enough I had decent traction. Outside taps were off at the ranger station when I went by at 08:40 but inside the washroom directly beside the outside taps the water was on. A sort distance beyond the ranger station the trail was pretty much snow covered till the peak. I didn’t find the need to wear spikes, in the forest where things were shaded the snow was hard and easy to walk on. Higher up it had only started to get a little slushy so traction again was good. There are spots that are getting a good amount of sun and warming a lot. I had one time where I post holed up to my thigh, in shorts it wasn’t fun. From the peak back to wellman’s I did put my yak tracks on, I found going down harder to keep traction and they helped a lot. I was wearing arcteryx trail running shoes, I would of preferred my hiking boots. I was back down to the gondola in 9 hrs, all in all a great trail in awesome condition. Oh Rescue 2 had 6-7 bottles of water and a power bar, I didn’t look into Rescue 1. I used around 6L of water and would of liked more!

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