Day 12 Mt San Jacinto

 hiking up to the summit

hiking up to the summit

So this will be a short one, as it has one of the craziest, best experiences so far. Martin, Myriam, and I planned to head up to the peak from Idyllwild, and camp at the summit. But a crazy storm fixed that, so into the emergency shelter, and with it came Tanner, Hummer, and 4 others. Totalling 9 people in a shelter for 4. It was cozy. But adequately warm for the 70mph winds outside in the storm. 

 breakfast pizza... because pizza

breakfast pizza... because pizza

 Classic summit photo

Classic summit photo

 

This shelter is just below the peak, so we noticed the clouds thinning around sun set, so Tanner, hummer, and I went up to the summit where we witnessed one of the best sunsets I've ever seen. I am honestly still blown away by it. The storm was going on around us, but we were above it. The clouds suddenly parted and we got to see the Sun set from 10 600ft. Then immediately the clouds rolled back in. To quote Hummer...it was a John Muirical.  

 Hummer watching the sun set

Hummer watching the sun set

 

We quickly ran back to the cabin to heat up and get to sleep. Hiker midnight is 9pm and it was approaching. We decided to get a late start the next day to mitigate the cold.  

 Hummer smiling, not knowing about the cold about to hit us

Hummer smiling, not knowing about the cold about to hit us