Snowshoed from the tram to San Jacinto yesterday with seven friends -- Cameron, Marilyn, Sally, Mari (Sally's sister), Larry, Kalen, Robin. Thanks to those who broke in the route in the forest up to 10 K, we were able to take the modified winter route (Sid Davis > Tamarack > upper Tamarack > 10 K (big bend where trail passes Jean's gully and heads up to the Miller switchback) > Boy Scout route > peak.
To be honest, I followed the wrong snowshoe track and lost the route shortly after Sid Davis
I was too far south and we had to go up and over a ridge to reach lower Tamarack. Cameron was in front and took Sid Davis to Tamarack. Compared to Christmas day, it was quite warm. When we reached Big Bend (10 K), I headed up the gully known as "Jean's Crotch" to the ridge and headed to San Jacinto.
Finally on the ridge after climbing up 'Jean's Crotch."
Looking towards Jean peak after reaching the ridge.
Rime ice on the ridge.
My friends went up the trail to Miller's Saddle and then took the Boy Scout route to the peak. When I reached the junction sign, I realized that my snowshoes were picking up new, sticky snow. It felt like I had cement on the bottom on my snowshoes. I had to stop periodically and bang my feet against trees/rocks to shed the snow.
As I was approaching the peak, Sally called out. We enjoyed lunch on San Jacinto before heading down (Sally's photo).
View of San Gorgonio from the peak (Sally's photo).
View towards Santa Rosa wilderness.
View towards Jean from the hut.
As we descended the Boy Scout route, Hiker Hal and his son were ascending. This is the first time I've actually met Hal, who I consider a dear friend even though this is the first time I've had the honor of meeting him.
Heading down to Tamarack.
Back at the tram. we enjoyed celebratory beverages before getting in line to head down.
Miles of smiles,