San Jacinto Snow Camp

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Mar 06, 2021 - Mar 07, 2021

Continuing my equipment testing for snow camping, headed back to Idyllwild but not for climbing this time.

From the highway just outside town, hit the Deer creek trailhead for a steady climb to snow level above 8000 ft. Microspikes got me to the Little Round Valley campsite by 2 where I had time to explore the usually popular sites to find the ideal spot.

After setting up close to the trail, passing campers informed me that all the sites were actually a few hundred yards from the trail. After following their lead I found out why - great views to the West across the Moreno Valley. Flattened snow for the tent and relaxed in the sun until it got chilly. For the sunset, found a good viewing rock and took in the view until long past dark.

Night was comfortable in the bag - no moisture through the floor but will need a ground cover for wetter snow. Up early and after using the Eagle scout-built privy, headed up to the peak of San Jacinto along some obvious tracks. Great 360 views as usual up there. Got back to break camp then ambled down the 9 miles back to the car. Enjoyed a milkshake in town before the drive home.

DifficultyClass 1
Distance17 miles
Highest ElevationMt San Jacinto (10787 ft)
JurisdictionMt San Jacinto State Wilderness
TrailheadDeer Springs