Following a nice breakfast in Idyllwild we got a lift back to the Devil’s Slide Trail (6,500ft) and began the steep 2.6m hike back to the PCT at Saddle Junction (mile 178). At mile 181 we turned off the PCT and took the San Jacinto Peak alternate route to the peak. This early the ice was impacted and easy to cross using our micro spikes. The view all the way up were stunning, however as we were following the trail of foot prints we soon discovered we were off trail and had to head vertically up the slope to find it once more.
We didn’t stay on track for long and soon just decided to make a beeline for the summit. The slog was worth it. 360 views of unimaginable expanses greeted us and we sat enjoying it all for at least an hour. Eventually we started our decent which largely consisted of sliding our asses down the slopes. Once again we ignored official trails and cut straight to the PCT. Still high on the afternoons views we squeezed a few more miles out before settling down for camp around sunset. San Jacinto was worth the effort and is officially our highest climb at 10,844ft. Truly a day to remember.