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Postby KathyW » Sun Mar 18, 2007 9:29 am

We hiked from Palm Springs to Long Valley and then I continued out to Round Valley before returning to the mountain tram station to ride the Palm Springs Tram back to Palm Springs. Yesterday's hike was about 14 miles with 9100 feet gain. Maybe next trip I'll make it to the summit of San Jacinto.

Trip report is posted at:

http://www.palm-springs-photography.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=203

My photos:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/gallery/2595456/1/136826410#136826410



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Postby Trailtrekker06 » Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:15 pm

Thats alot of gain, Kathy! :eek: Amazing. Nice pics.
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Postby Trekker » Mon Mar 19, 2007 8:27 pm

Kathy,

Been a couple of years since I hiked San Jacinto. Definitely need to give it a shot before it becomes too warm. So little snow makes it a good opportunity for the next couple of months. Don't think I'm up to doing the mileage you did; maybe from the Idyllwild area again, or the "training wheels" hike from the Tram.

I see you got that pic of what the trail looked like flipped right side up. I was worried that if THAT was what the trail looked like (upside down) it was a harder hike than even I had imagined!!!!!! :lol:
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Postby tomcat_rc » Mon Mar 19, 2007 9:49 pm

damn -- that's a lot of gain for one day. great pictures - can't believe how dry everything is looking - heaven help us this summer
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Postby Snow Nymph » Mon Mar 19, 2007 10:12 pm

everything is really dry this year. We noticed that in Anza Borrego too.
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Postby Trekker » Mon Mar 19, 2007 11:36 pm

That's because you and the rest of the desert Mo'Fo's are sucking the desert dry on all your peak bagging trips!!!!!!!! :lol:
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Postby KathyW » Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:20 am

It is a lot of gain but it's all trail, which makes it a lot easier than xcountry trekking, and you don't have to hike back down to Palm Springs.

I might be headed back on the 31st of March to try to push on to the summit - hopefully it won't be over 100 in Palm Springs that day.
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Postby madeintahoe » Thu Mar 22, 2007 8:51 am

Beautiful pictures Kathy! One day I will get down to this area...It's so interesting how you start in that dry desert like that and eventually get into the tall pine trees and everything changes..very unique I bet. Coffmans Crag is gorgeous :)
Yeah..it does look very dry down there..here too the snow is melting like crazy :eek:
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Postby KathyW » Thu May 17, 2007 7:04 am

I finally made it all the way from Palm Springs to the summit of Mount San Jacinto last Saturday. I've been up the Skyline Trail 4 times this spring - it's been great training for some of the trips I have planned for the summer and I've met some great people along that trail.

Here are some pictures I took:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/gallery/2839080#152204961

Now it's time for heavier boots and higher elevations. I'm hoping my ramped up training program will help get me up Shasta at the end of May and then up Rainier in mid-July. If I can get up Rainier then I'd like to head to Mexico to try just a bit higher elevation climbing next year. If not, I'll just keep trying because I sure am enjoying the process.
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