Supernatural San Jacinto

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Supernatural San Jacinto

Postby Ellen » Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:11 pm

Howdy All :)

San Jacinto called:

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Looking towards Divide peak while walking down the ramp.

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Gazing towards Jean and San Jacinto while descending the cement switchbacks.

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Marilyn, Larry, Kathryn, Kalen, Lorette and I donned snowshoes at the Ranger Station and started up the Sid Davis Drainage. A couple in front of us was breaking in the route to Tamarack. Kirk and his son Kevin joined us in the drainage. Turns out I met Kirk in 2011 when John Howell and I went up to Miller peak in a blizzard.

Once in Tamarack Valley, we discovered that other folks were following our track.

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Kalen, Lorette, Larry and other strong folks broke trail from Tamarack up to 10 K below the Miller Switchback. I refer to this at the "staging area" -- we deployed our ascenders and started up towards the ridge. I looked down and saw a conga line of folks heading up behind us.

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Once at the Miller Saddle, we took the winter route up the ridge to the summit.

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Miracle Marilyn and Hengst Joe at the peak -- their combined ages are 150 years.

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When there is adequate snow, I walk north a bit to get views of San Gorgonio and the Coachella Valley. No views but still gorgeous.

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Looking back towards the summit -- hikers in the mist.

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After a yummy lunch in the hut (Marilyn's awesome sandwiches and NO sardines :wink: ) we headed back down the ridge to the Miller Saddle.

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Heading down from the Miller Saddle to Upper Tamarack.

Thanks to my favorite mountain and friends for a wonderful day. Best snow I've enjoyed on San Jacinto since 2011.

Miles of smiles,
Ellen
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Re: Supernatural San Jacinto

Postby Myth » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:02 pm

Those photos are gorgeous - not just because this long drought has starved me of seeing beautiful photos of fresh snow! They're just great, atmospheric photos. What a grand day to be out.
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Re: Supernatural San Jacinto

Postby Ellen » Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:09 pm

Howdy Myth :)

Thank you for your kind words. San Jacinto blessed us with an incredible day.

Miles of smiles,
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Re: Supernatural San Jacinto

Postby guest » Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:32 pm

Wow Ellen,
I'm major jealous, but at least I was able to "come along" on this stunning photo-shoe!
As others mentioned, haven't seen snow like this in years, with all the chinquapin covered, the clouds rolling in, just breath-taking, (in more ways than one, especially if you be breakin trail)! I remember the out-houses in Tam with only the last 2 ft. showing, how did the hut look, was it close to the west side roof?
Maybe now the creeks will run into summer! Think about takin a brisk dip in Carumba this spring, (oh, it's still closed, I believe, bummer).
happy snow trails, you polar bear! scott
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Re: Supernatural San Jacinto

Postby bytebit » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:30 am

Hi Ellen. Those photos are fantastic! They should be featured within the pages of National Geographic! I've never snowshoed before. I may give it a try. See you around, David
Life is too short - make the most of your day!
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Re: Supernatural San Jacinto

Postby MrNizegy » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:26 am

Amazing! Thanks for sharing. And more snow coming this weekend! :D Headed out Friday (during the snowfall) Hopefully it won't be too windy.
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Re: Supernatural San Jacinto

Postby Sally » Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:11 pm

Wow! AMAZING! Great photos, and great job at making it up to the top there, Ellen and all!

I just added up the hypothetical maximum daily snowfall on the NOAA site for the next several days, and, hypothetically (and hypothermically) the next storm could bring as much as 4 feet of snow. Maybe I should order tails for my snowshoes to make them longer for ludicrously deep powder!
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