San Jacinto Peak Et Al
Ed Stork and I left Humber Park near Idyllwild at about 7:45 p.m. and hiked up the Devil's Slide-San Jacinto Peak Trail to about 8900' where we found a nice area for bedding down. We proceeded a short distance the next morning to the Strawberry Cienega trail junction and hid our gear. In attempting to climb Marion Mountain while avoiding both brush and a perhaps troublesome ridge, we arrived on the peak to the NE of Marion but finally made it to Marion itself. We then went over to Jean and contoured around San Jacinto to Folly Peak where we had lunch. The views were very poor as it was quite hazy.
After lunch, we crossed over San Jacinto Peak on down to Miller Peak (how about that!) and then dropped down to Tamarack Valley from which we climbed Cornell with its somewhat tricky stretches at the top. Longing for refreshments at the tram but settling for the cool waters near Round Meadow (absolutely plush in its greenery), we returned to the trail junction earlier mentioned and picked up our gear. Here, too, we met Sam Fink, who had also climbed Cornell earlier, and we all hiked out together getting to the cars about 6:30 p.m.
Hiking a couple hours in the evening can do quite a bit for a trip like this and persons leading trips in the future might consider this device where there are several miles of good trail. Last year, I hiked to Dollar Lake on a Friday evening after work and it made quite feasible a trip which otherwise would have been a drag at best. That trip consisted of the aforementioned evening hike and doing Shields, Anderson, San Bernardino East, San Bernardino, and Charlton on Saturday (camped at Dry Lake View camp) and Dobbs, Jepson, San Gorgonio, Lake, and Grinnell and out via Dry Lake on Sunday.