03 May San Jacinto – Done and done
San Jacinto Peak stands proud at 10,834 feet. Now, that doesn’t require an oxygen tank or a sherpa named Temba but it is the 2nd tallest peak in Southern California and John Muir is reported to have called it’s vista one of the most beautiful he had seen (fyi – that dude knows what’s up).
This morning with light just sneaking into the sky we charged that mound like it sent a heater above the numbers. And, I have to agree with Mr. Muir. It’s a gem.
With an imperial stout and meat lovers pizza in my system from Idyllwild the afternoon prior, the morning charge was tougher than I expected. We left from the saddle at 8110 ft and the altitude got to me a bit right around 9500. Respiration rate increased a bit and legs felt heavy.
The view though is very unique. To the East you have drops to the Palm Springs desert 8000+ ft below, to the south mountain ridges that drop towards the Mexican border, and to the west rolling terrain to San Diego and the ocean.
We enjoyed our time at the top but have plans further north. After the summit, we put in 12 miles to crawl down towards the desert before we climb back up to Big Bear. And so it goes.
Here you see what I’m seeing now, looking back to San Jacinto where I watched the sun rising earlier today.