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San Jacinto Peak

San Jacinto Peak, 10,834 feet, is the highest peak of the San Jacinto Mountains, and of Riverside County, California. It lies within Mount San Jacinto State Park. Naturalist John Muir wrote of San Jacinto Peak, “The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!”

San Jacinto Peak is one of the most topographically prominent peaks in the United States. It is ranked 6th among peaks in the 48 contiguous states. We Summit this peak on July 31, 2010.

(Photographs by sdmarkus)

At the trailhead (5800′) getting ready to backpack 8.1 miles to Little Round Valley (9700′) where we would set up camp rest for an hour and then hike without packs and additional 1.6 miles to the summit. Our total miles for Saturday 11.3.

on the trail

A view of Suicide rock

Shiloh and I resting at our camp

A little mountain yoga preparing for the rest of our climb to summit and back to camp

Taking a break on our way to summit

Earlier I wrote that we left our packs at camp but the 6 pack of ice cold beer I carried all day came with us to enjoy the view :).

“A man does not climb a mountain without bringing some of it away with him and leaving something of himself upon it.”

Sunset from camp

A wise naturalist once said:

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as the sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms teir energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

Another great weekend!