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September 23, 2003
From Outdoors' "Just Back" on the Web: We three women backpackers didn't see a soul as we summited San Jacinto Peak on Sept. 11. It wasn't until 2 p.m. about halfway down that we saw our first people of the day. The sky was cloudless, the environment glorious, the solitude and silence amazing. Teresa Baggot, Karen Colby Sharon Wilson Encinitas
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September 23, 2003
From Outdoors' "Just Back" on the Web: We three women backpackers didn't see a soul as we summited San Jacinto Peak on Sept. 11. It wasn't until 2 p.m. about halfway down that we saw our first people of the day. The sky was cloudless, the environment glorious, the solitude and silence amazing. Teresa Baggot, Karen Colby Sharon Wilson Encinitas
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September 16, 2001 | JOHN McKINNEY
Hikers at the Fuller Ridge trail head get a 7,700-foot head start to the top of 10,804-foot Mt. San Jacinto, but that doesn't mean this route is the easiest way to Southern California's second-tallest peak. Do the math first, and the hike (although long) seems moderate enough: 7.5 miles one way with an average elevation gain of only about 414 feet per mile. But then do the hike, and the math seems improbable. Fuller Ridge is a more difficult hike than the numbers suggest.
TRAVEL
September 16, 2001 | JOHN McKINNEY
Hikers at the Fuller Ridge trail head get a 7,700-foot head start to the top of 10,804-foot Mt. San Jacinto, but that doesn't mean this route is the easiest way to Southern California's second-tallest peak. Do the math first, and the hike (although long) seems moderate enough: 7.5 miles one way with an average elevation gain of only about 414 feet per mile. But then do the hike, and the math seems improbable. Fuller Ridge is a more difficult hike than the numbers suggest.
TRAVEL
July 11, 1999 | JOHN McKINNEY, John McKinney is the author of "Day Hiker's Guide to California's State Parks" (Olympus Press, $14.95)
It's the shortest, the steepest and, in the opinion of some hikers, the most scenic ascent of San Jacinto Peak (10,804 feet) in Riverside County. Marion Mountain Trail gains 2,400 feet in just 2.5 miles. The rest of the climb to the peak via Pacific Crest and Deer Springs trails is nearly as steep. Although reaching the summit of the great mountain is ample reward for most hikers, Marion Mountain Trail scatters additional rewards along the way.
NEWS
August 1, 1987 | JOHN McKINNEY
The San Jacinto Mountain range is one of those magical places that lures hikers back year after year. Hikers enjoy the contrasts this range offers--the feeling of hiking in Switzerland while gazing down on the Sahara. Author Carey McWilliams called Southern California an island on the land. The San Jacinto Mountains could well be described the same. The 10,000-foot peaks of the San Jacintos are separated from the rest of Southern California by low passes and desert valleys.
NEWS
December 27, 1990 | CHARLES HILLINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They're the only park rangers who ride a tram to work. It's either take the Palms Springs Aerial Tramway or hike eight miles to their ranger station. There are no roads and no vehicles are allowed in the wilderness. Jerry Frates and Eric Hanson are stationed at Long Valley Ranger Station, elevation 8,400 feet, on the eastern slopes of Mt. San Jacinto above Palm Springs. It's the highest ranger station in the state. "I have been a ranger 12 years in several different state parks.
NEWS
October 8, 1988 | ROB WATERS, Times Staff Writer
You might call it a desert island. San Jacinto Peak, 10,804 feet high, is a cool oasis of alpine forests, meadows and bubbling streams surrounded by the desert. It is, arguably, the best mountain in Southern California. Barren and rugged in some spots, lush and gentle in others, San Jacinto's extremes are matched by few peaks anywhere. It is a wild place--more than 40 square miles at the top are designated wilderness--but remarkably accessible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1999 | Linn Groves, (714) 966-7885
Two hikers bumped into search-and-rescue teams Tuesday afternoon on their way back down the treacherous San Jacinto Peak and learned they were the ones being sought. Tom Kidwell, 37, and his wife, Kristen, 28, of San Clemente were uninjured, just tired and hungry when they were found. They had been expected home Sunday night. When they didn't show up for work Monday or call in, a friend contacted officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
An 81-year-old hiker found unresponsive on a mountain trail in Riverside County was identified Monday as a North Californian. Ulrich Luscher, 81, died around 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a fire station in Idyllwild. Officials with the Riverside County Fire Department got a call around 2:30 p.m. and sent about 25 firefighters hiking into the wilderness to find him. A helicopter also searched from the sky. They discovered Luscher, a resident of Orinda, a city in Northern California, unresponsive on a hiking trail on San Jacinto Peak, the highest peak in Riverside County.
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July 11, 1999 | JOHN McKINNEY, John McKinney is the author of "Day Hiker's Guide to California's State Parks" (Olympus Press, $14.95)
It's the shortest, the steepest and, in the opinion of some hikers, the most scenic ascent of San Jacinto Peak (10,804 feet) in Riverside County. Marion Mountain Trail gains 2,400 feet in just 2.5 miles. The rest of the climb to the peak via Pacific Crest and Deer Springs trails is nearly as steep. Although reaching the summit of the great mountain is ample reward for most hikers, Marion Mountain Trail scatters additional rewards along the way.
NEWS
December 27, 1990 | CHARLES HILLINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They're the only park rangers who ride a tram to work. It's either take the Palms Springs Aerial Tramway or hike eight miles to their ranger station. There are no roads and no vehicles are allowed in the wilderness. Jerry Frates and Eric Hanson are stationed at Long Valley Ranger Station, elevation 8,400 feet, on the eastern slopes of Mt. San Jacinto above Palm Springs. It's the highest ranger station in the state. "I have been a ranger 12 years in several different state parks.
NEWS
October 8, 1988 | ROB WATERS, Times Staff Writer
You might call it a desert island. San Jacinto Peak, 10,804 feet high, is a cool oasis of alpine forests, meadows and bubbling streams surrounded by the desert. It is, arguably, the best mountain in Southern California. Barren and rugged in some spots, lush and gentle in others, San Jacinto's extremes are matched by few peaks anywhere. It is a wild place--more than 40 square miles at the top are designated wilderness--but remarkably accessible.
NEWS
August 1, 1987 | JOHN McKINNEY
The San Jacinto Mountain range is one of those magical places that lures hikers back year after year. Hikers enjoy the contrasts this range offers--the feeling of hiking in Switzerland while gazing down on the Sahara. Author Carey McWilliams called Southern California an island on the land. The San Jacinto Mountains could well be described the same. The 10,000-foot peaks of the San Jacintos are separated from the rest of Southern California by low passes and desert valleys.
NEWS
July 16, 1988 | JOHN McKINNEY
The San Jacinto range is one of those magical places that lures hikers back year after year. The seasons are more distinct there than most anywhere else in Southern California. Hikers also enjoy the contrasts this range offers--the feeling of hiking in Switzerland while gazing down on the Sahara. Seven Pines Trail ascends the cascading North Fork of San Jacinto River to its headwaters at Deer Springs.
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