According to John Muir, “The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth.” I am going to go ahead and agree with Muir on that. Four friends and I spent about 6 hours climbing to summit of San Jacinto in late April from Idyllwild. We did not anticipate the amount of snow from late spring storms that would still be covering the last few miles of trail. The snow made hiking difficult because none of us came prepared with any type of snow gear. When we finally reached the summit we had to turn around quickly because the snow was beginning to freeze over, which would have made the decent even more troublesome.

TRUE STROY: When our group about 2/3’s of the way up San Jacinto we heard someone yelling for help in the woods. The person turned out to be a lost German solo-backpacker that had lost his way because of the snow. He proceeded to follow our group to the summit, and had some very strange things to comment on. When we did end up hiking back down he was still on top of the peak, so we will never know if he was able to make his way back to the bottom safely.

*All Photos are Courtesy of Christopher George