Icy Falls

Deer Springs Trailhead to PCT Halfmile 201.7 (22.3 miles, +4,300/-6,700 feet). As I have slowly creeped my way north on the PCT, there has been a missing section that has nagged at me.  On past trips I have explored all around San Jacinto Peak and the San Gorgonio Wilderness, but I never connected the dots,…

Snow Camp!

Devil’s Slide Trail to San Jacinto Peak Loop (22 miles, +5,700/-5,700 feet). My friends BarnFinder and Karpo and I have been enrolled in the Sierra Club’s Wilderness Basics Course this spring.  It’s very thorough, and I can see how it would have been super useful a year ago when I was backpacking for the first time.  But…

San Jacinto Peak

Marion Mountain Trail to San Jacinto Peak and back (11.4 miles, +4,600/-4,600 feet). The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth! John Muir At 10,834 feet above sea level, San Jacinto Peak is not that high.  It is not even the highest peak in Southern California….