781. Cactus to Clouds (06/10/11)
Hikers (3): Gavin, Jeff, Steve
Distance: 21 miles
Rating: 5 difficulty, 6 beauty
Park info: Mt. San Jacinto State Park in Palm Springs
Steve owes a writeup! -- Pictures by Jeff and Steve
Here's what I remember from this fateful hike. Started at 3:13am and got to the tram station a little before 9:30am. I would learn this was well before the summit cafe opens. My whole plan was to get an early brunch before hitting the peak. I had already eaten almost all my trail food. To make matters worse, I only had a credit card, so couldn't buy a calorie-laden Coke from the many tempting vending machines. Made it to the summit in good shape right around 1pm. After that, was dragging heavily when I ran into Jeff and Gavin on the way back. Felt (mentally, if not physically) better by scoring a free trip down on the tram! If you look sweaty enough, there are no questions.
Highest point in Riverside county
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