Susan Teague: 3-WEEK FINISHER 2018 3-Peak Challenge


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About Your Experience:

"My hiking partners and I had the plan worked out for weeks in advance to do the 3 Peak Challenge in 3 days. Training completed, days off scheduled, hikes planned, hotel rooms booked and carpools set. July 28,29 & Monday the 30th was the plan, then the tragedy of the Cranston Fire begins to unfold during the week. Our beloved San Jacinto Mountains are on fire.  We watch the fire grow and come so close to Idyllwild. Our thoughts are with all the residents of this beautiful area that we love and visit often. With the great efforts, skills and resources and combined efforts of firefighters and first responders, the fire succumbs to the management efforts and is finally controlled. We regroup and decide that we will still continue. Our plans had been to hike San Antonio, Deer Springs to San Jacinto as the alternate for SG and San Jacinto from the tram as our final hike. Now we will be substituting Baden-Powell for San Gorgonio and hope that the tram & trails are open by Monday.  

Saturday morning we get started with San Antonio “Baldy”. I’ve hiked Baldy several times over the past few years and am still amazed at the beauty and magnitude of the Baldy Bowl and the entire hike.  Baldy definitely has distinct zones with all the varied terrain and vegetation or lack of vegetation all stitched together to make this hike very unique and spectacular. It was warm at the top and as we ate our lunch a huge glider buzzed the summit as it soared over the tops of the mountain range. We had a great hike topped off with seeing Big Horn Sheep eating in the creek just below the Ski Hut during the decent. We head down to our hotel and the Jacuzzi

Sunday we head over to Baden-Powell. I haven’t done this hike, so it’s all new ground for me.  I really enjoyed the new trail and views. The trail from Islip Saddle is shaded for the most part and the breeze is just enough to keep us cool. I really enjoyed the fantastic views and vantage points to look out at the other peaks in the San Gabriel range.  Baden-Powell from Islip Saddle is a long gradual trail in contrast with Baldy being so steep yesterday. It’s a good change for our tired muscles.

Sunday afternoon we check and the Tram is open, but the trails are not. Some in our group decide to go home and save their PTO. A few of us decide to hike the 3rd day to challenge ourselves, even though it won’t complete our 3 Peak Challenge. We have a fun, but challenging day hiking the 3 T’s from Icehouse Canyon and down from Baldy Notch.  

Yeah! The trails are open from the Palm Springs tram the next weekend. We plan to complete out 3 peak challenge on Saturday the 4th.  We take the beautiful ride up the tramway at 3:30 Saturday afternoon with our full packs and setup camp in Round Valley campground. We settle in for a beautiful warm starry night, bright red Mars is in full view. The morning is beautiful and we plan to get an relatively early start to the peak. We have the trail all to ourselves until just before Wellman’s Divide. As we stop to view several deer browsing in the brush, 3 hikers that also spend the night in Round Valley camp pass on their way up to the peak, then 1 guy that hiked up from the Deer Springs trail. The west side trails had been opened Friday afternoon.  I’ve never seen SJ peak so empty. Only the 4 guys that passed us on the way up are there enjoying the view and the solitude. It’s the 1st Summit of SJ for the group of 3.  Congratulations! And Congratulations to Us! We completed our 3 peak challenge!"

Challenge Highlight:

"Great Friends to hike with!"

Favorite Gear:

"Osprey Daypack"


San Jacinto:

jacinto summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Tram & SJ Peak trail
Date at Trailhead: 08/04/18
Time at Trailhead: 3:30pm
Date at Summit: 08/05/18
Time at Summit: 10:39am
Date at Trail End: 08/05/18
Time at Trail End: 3:30pm


San Gorgonio:

Mt. Baden Powell

What Trail Did You Hike: Mt. Baden Powell from Islip Saddle
Date at Trailhead: 07/29/18
Time at Trailhead: 8:33
Date at Summit: 07/29/18
Time at Summit: 2:55pm
Date at Trail End: 07/29/18
Time at Trail End: 5:40pm


Mt. Baldy:

baldy summit

What Trail Did You Hike: Ski Hut
Date at Trailhead: 7/28/18
Time at Trailhead: 8:35am
Date at Summit: 07/28/18
Time at Summit: 12:41pm
Date at Trail End: 07/28/18
Time at Trail End: 3:45pm

We did it
We did it!


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