“Where does all the white go when the snow melts ?”
After the PCT Kick Off we headed to climb San Jacinto Peak right outside of Palm Springs, CA. It was a great opportunity to practice some the sweet skills on the snow we learned at the Snow Mountaineering Class and of course test some new and old gear. This mountain is fun to climb and has fantastic views from the top. Planning on going back for more.
LENGTH 11 miles round trip
ELEVATION 10834 feet
ELEVATION GAIN 2318 feet
ROUTE Started at top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Round Valley then to the summit
DIFFICULTY moderate to strenuous, on trail when snow free
BEST TIME TO HIKE Year round
GEAR During Winter and Spring the trail is snow-covered with snowshoes, crampons, and ice axe recommended
FAVORITE GEAR: Loved, loved, loved the Katoola Microspikes. They worked great going uphill and down. They gave just the control needed not to slip and slide, but would give enough to boot ski on soft snow. The extra control meant keeping better balance and using less energy. They also kept in place and were very easy to take off and on. I am not leaving for the Sierras in June without them.