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.20130512-152319.jpg

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.20130512-152329.jpg

That’s Palm Springs below.20130512-152405.jpg

That’s Palm Springs at night.20130512-153435.jpg

Stopped to cook dinner with some friends so that we could lighten our water loads before a big evening climb.20130512-152352.jpg

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6 thoughts on “San Jacinto Wilderness

  1. Mame on said:

    Kristy, wonderful pictures and exciting adventure. You go girl!

  2. Hey, Kristy! I’ve been thinking about you, especially when we were up in the mountains east of Sacramento looking up at the mountains you were supposedly hiking across. Looks like you’ve found some hiking partners. Great!!! Love you, Penny

  3. KChvostal on said:

    The pics are amazing and I’m loving your blog! Glad you have some company. Do you have a trail name yet?!

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