Well maintained. Wasn't too difficult, just a lot of miles. There are several water sources once you reach the loop but they are very shallow streams to filter in. From the three-way junction at the top of Deer Springs Trail, turn left up San Jacinto Peak Trail and hike the final 0.3 miles to the summit. Started around 5:30am. There are huge pinecones besides the trail. This is a difficult out and back trail to San Jacinto Peak in San Jacinto Wilderness. Great to see different views. Hiked this 7/31 during the first CA heat wave. Parking lot was almost full by 9:00 when we got there. We did the loop back down. Came back around 5pm. There is no trail quota for any of the trails on this route. Devils Slide, Willow Creek and Caramba Trial to Skunk Cabbage Meadow, Mount San Jacinto Round Valley Loop via Devils Slide Trail, Tahquitz Peak via Devil's Slide and Caramba Trail, Devil's Slide Trail, Willow Creek Trail, and San Jacinto Peak Loop. The beginning section of the trail was gradual but manageable, but the last 3 miles has a lot of switchbacks and is much steeper. Devil's Slide Trail to Wellman Divide . San Jacinto Peak is easily accessible, as many trails penetrate the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Really worth the mileage. Strangely, my lower calves and feet hurt more on this trail than it did for Whitney, perhaps because the grade is lower and there is sandy terrain. whitney. It is right across from the San Jacinto State Park. There is no discernible trail to the summit. This trail … Very hot. You just have to climb up boulders to the top. You’ll also get to find out if you struggle with altitude sickness on this hike as well. 10.6 miles roundtrip (out-and-back) 3,300 feet elevation gain. Tough, with good elevation gain. Beginning elevation is 6480 ft., with an elevation change of 2300 ft. to the junction of Deer Springs Trail. Deer Springs Trail is clear of snow to Strawberry Junction, and north on the PCT to about 8600′. mileage is wrong though, I calculated 19.5 miles on Strava. I also clocked 19.5 miles so of course, no one knows where 16.5 came from. 6.6 miles roundtrip (out-and-back) 1,900 feet elevation gain. Parking was packed - which is typical now with COVID. Still, well worth it. Great to see different views. These trails are: Humber Park to San Jacinto Peak, Deer Springs Trail, Marion Mountain Trail, and the Round Valley Trail from the Tram to Wellman Divide. Top ... did this hike in October and there was plenty of water coming down the springs just before the junction of the PCT with Deer Springs Trail ( almost 5 miles into the trail) but none we could see in the Little Round Valley Campground. Weather was perfect; 5mph breeze, clear and cool. Great views and plenty of shade. I do, and the last 2.5 miles were rough. Hiked on 6/6/20 and it’s beauty is unparalleled in Southern California. perfect training for mt. It was very windy and chilly at the summit. But what are you going to do? Still some good flow from creeks in the 7000-9000’ range (not exact, by memory). I will do this again!! Although the second half of the loop is more exposed, the sun had risen by this point so you had 9 miles of fantastic unobstructed views. Heavily forested, this strenuous trail is the shortest route 5.6 miles to San Jacinto Peak, with an elevation gain of 4500 feet. It definitely was a challenge going up especially at Deer Springs. The view was SPECTACULAR!!! Pine trees, manzanita, waterfalls, creeks, fantastic views, and an amazing summit. Our speedy ascent on Monday 16th from Humber Park to San Jacinto Peak required no spikes on a well-consolidated trail, although spikes were very helpful for most of the descent on somewhat patchy, compacted, icy snow. These data may change rapidly this week due to anticipated rapid melting. As usual, hiked with my husband and my two kids (10 and 12). Grueling 11.5 hour hike in the heat. Weather was perfect; 5mph breeze, clear and cool. Overall an amazing way to spend a hot CA day and close out July in hiking style :). I believe, besides Cactus to Clouds, this is the longest trail to the summit. A rewarding (and challenging) day hike! Saw a deer. Next time I'll trying going through Humber Park. Saw a deer. San Jacinto Peak via Deer Springs Trail is a 19.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idyllwild-Pine Cove, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. Overall solid hike with great views. There were about 5 other cars in the lot already. Other than that, love this trail. Came back around 5pm. I had to wear a head net for about 1/3 of the trail. 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