San Jacinto Wilderness
One of my favorite things about the trail so far? Seeing a side of Southern California that I somehow missed during the decade I lived here.
The mountains we’ve crossed so far have been beautiful, felt remote, and are increasingly challenging–I’ll climb about 4,000 feet tomorrow from the town of Idyllwild to the summit of San Jacinto Peak. It’s just a warm-up for the Sierras… awesome.
An overlook just before crossing into the wilderness.
Some stretches of trail are really steep and rocky. This was a particularly impressive walled-in switchback.
Snow! In some years the trail in the San Jacintos is impassable until later in the summer, but this snow (on a north-facing slope at an elevation of about 8,200 feet) was the only bit we saw.
That’s Palm Springs below.
That’s Palm Springs at night.
Stopped to cook dinner with some friends so that we could lighten our water loads before a big evening climb.