By popular request, here are some photos from Muriel and my recent hike (climb) up Mount San Jacinto in Palm Springs, California. The photos were taken by our guide Scott Scott (that is really his name). His parents really liked the name Scott – a lot. He is a great guy and a great guide, which was necessary since much of the “trail” is unmarked and unguided hikers often get lost and in very serious trouble.
We started on the desert floor at a few hundred feet above sea level where during the day it will be 80 to 90+ degrees this time of year, but by the time you get to the top, it is barely 50 degrees. There is generally a 40+ degree difference from the top to the bottom. You can still see the remains of some snow at the top and usually this time of year the ground is entirely covered above 7,000 feet altitude, but this was just the driest winter on record as Southern California’s drought continues.
It is a very steep and winding trail with rather sheer cliffs and drop-offs. It can be very slippery, since there is loose rock everywhere, so you have to be very careful. On the way to the top you must climb over three smaller mountains to gain access to Mount San Jacinto itself. In most places, it is steep enough where you can literally reach out and touch the ground directly in front of you – without having to lean over. It is basically steeper than a flight of stairs…that you go up for 6+ hours nonstop. A good time!!
The best part of all was that we descended using the Palm Springs Tramway! Effortless!
Best of Health!
Crossing a stream during the hike to Hanging Lake in the mountains of Colorado.
The last few steps to Hanging Lake were carved out of stone…I guess it was fairly steep.
Hanging Lake. A pristine mountain lake at the top of a canyon that likely has not changed for thousands of years. It is so clear, you can see down at least 20 feet to its bottom…
You can see how clear it is here….
I believe these were called the Spouting Falls which are above and feed Hanging Lake…
With Eric Cotsen who took all of these pictures. See more at my FaceBook page!
And finally one of the pictures Eric took of Lincoln and Muriel, pretty darn cute!