Don Endicott: 3-DAY FINISHER 2018 3-Peak Challenge


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About Your Experience:

"Perfect fall weather for these three hikes. Waited all summer for fire closures to end so could go for the three primary peaks. Had to skip day 2 between San Gorgonio and San Jacinto due to schedule/logistics issues.Realized while descending Marion Mountain Trail (San Jacinto) there was still time for Baldy if done as a full moon hike later that evening. No one else on the Baldy route or summit. Even saw a raccoon, a bear, and a fox (or second raccoon). Devil's Backbone was more of a thrill than usual with only a headlamp to guide the way. Lights of Antelope Valley a treat. Tricky to get a summit cellphone selfie with A16 banner on ground level plaque in the dark with a stiff, chilly wind. Had to hold the headlamp extended out to illuminate everything. Gorgeous moon set with earth shadow and alpenglow over south Baldy ridge while descending. Pre-sunrise view from crest of Baldy Bowl featured San Gorgonio and San Jacinto on the horizon was exceptional. A great moment to reflect fondly on the experiences of another fine 3-Peak, 3-day challenge."

Challenge Highlight:

"Moonlit hike to Mount Baldy via Manker Flats-Baldy Notch-Summit-Baldy Bowl loop in same 24 hours as San Jacinto via Marion Mountain."

Favorite Gear:

"Lowa Renegade GTX boots (purchased many miles ago at A16 San Diego store)"


San Jacinto:

jacinto summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Marion Mountain Trail
Date at Trailhead: 9/24/2018
Time at Trailhead: 0915 PDT
Date at Summit: 9/24/2018
Time at Summit: 1325 PDT
Date at Trail End: 9/24/2018
Time at Trail End: 1737 PDT


San Gorgonio:

San Gorgonio

What Trail Did You Hike: Vivian Creek Trail
Date at Trailhead: 9/22/2018
Time at Trailhead: 0906 PDT
Date at Summit: 9/22/2018
Time at Summit: 1439 PDT
Date at Trail End: 9/22/2018
Time at Trail End: 1933 PDT


Mt. Baldy:

baldy summit

What Trail Did You Hike:  Manker Flats to Notch to Devil's Backbone to summit descent Baldy Bowl to Ski Hut Trail
Date at Trailhead: 9/25/2018
Time at Trailhead: 0145 PDT
Date at Summit: 9/25/2018
Time at Summit: 0531 PDT
Date at Trail End: 9/25/2018
Time at Trail End: 0838 PDT

Dawn view east from rim of Baldy Bowl
Dawn view east from rim of Baldy Bowl.

Lodgepole alpenglow
Lodgepole alpenglow, setting moon - dawn on Mount Baldy.

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