Album: San Jacinto (4x) - Snow Creek (1x)
- Outdoor Adventures
- Album Date
- 5/20/2006 12:00:00 AM
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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This racoon was completely oblivious to our presence
This is the low ridge that is essentially the start of the route
Looking down at the water tank and the caretaker's residence
Routefinding through the boulders proved slightly challenging
Things got easier once we gained the top of the ridge and moved to the right side
On our way to the plateau and "isthmus". The snow tongue can be seen in the distance
There is a large waterfall to the left of the isthmus (Falls Creek Falls)
The worst of the brush begins just after passing the isthmus. Your only hope is to carefully look for the ducked route.
This is the giant chockstone that blocks the route around 5700 feet. To the right is a substantial waterfall.
First fragment of the snow tongue. A few minutes on the snow and then it's back to scrambling.
The snow resembled a glacier complete with holes and crevasses
The next piece of the snow tongue was longer. We put on crampons at this point.
The snow tongue was continuous from this point on
At this point we were presented with 4 chutes to choose from. We chose the second one from the left.
Not far from the summit ... but not a minute to spare
I race to the top with as much speed as I can muster
I raced down from the summit to catch up with Rick
Wellman Divide. 7:42pm. 78 minutes left until the last tram departs.
Round Valley trail junction. 7:56pm. 64 minutes until the last tram leaves. Plenty of time ... I hope.
8:36pm at the base of the walkway up to the tram station.
8:47pm. Just a few minutes before the last tram down. We made it!
Falls Creek Road (just before the village). Follow this shortly to a fork. Take the left fork and in about 100 feet you'll reach the locked gate.
Here's the locked gate on the paved road that leads up to the water tank and the caretaker's residence.
The signs at the gate say no trespassing but there is a PCT trail marker with an arrow pointing straight ahead. What's the deal?