Summary: This trail is up and down, up and down. It is very hard to get a rhythm going as you are constantly changing pace. The trail is much easier going in, than coming back out and some of the final ups and downs can be very painful. Make sure you are in good shape for this one.
The signed distance to San Jacinto Peak is 8 miles from the trailhead, it feels a little further, and I would suggest visiting the highest point in the park as well, making this a 17 mile round trip - it feels much longer, and it takes all day. We left a 7 AM, after getting a permit and driving up Black Mtn. Road got started on the trail at 10 AM, we were back by sunset at 7:30 PM.
There is no trail to Jean Peak, you must make your way boulder hopping and bushwhacking through Scrub Oak. It is pretty easy going though, and getting to the top is simple. Finding your way back is also easy, just head for the highest point.
Trailhead: Take the 243 from either Banning or Idyllwild, drive until you reach Black Mountain road. Turn East onto the dirt road. It is rutted and rough, but you should be able to make it with even a low-clearance vehicle. Follow the road for 8 miles to the turnoff for the Fuller Ridge trail road (signed.) Drive to the parking area and the posts for the PCT are east to pick up.
Give yourself a good hour and fifteen minutes drive time from Banning, although the trail is perfect for a late morning stroll. It doesn't get very hot, even in August.
Take the PCT to the connection with the Deer Springs Trail, turn almost 180' and go up the mountain. At the connection with the short San Jacinto Summit trail, turn right and bushwhack your way 1/2 mile to Jean Peak. There is a summit register under some rocks at the top. (Lat:33.80603 Lon:-116.67894)
Trail Guides for Jean Peak Via Fuller Ridge:
San Bernardino Mountain Trails - 100 Hikes in Southern California
by John W. Robinson (Wilderness Press)
by Tom Sinestra and Ann Marie Brown (Avalon Travel)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Mount San Jacinto State Park (909)794-1123
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Allen Riedel, who has posted 123 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Jack on 10/4/2004
This is a tough but beautiful hike. My wife & I did it in late May of '03. We were not properly prepared and ended up getting lost and almost got stuck on "the mountain". Our story is absolutely unbelieveable, but too long to include in detail here. Suffice it to say that you need to be well prepared to hike in a wilderness area. The rangers in Idyllwild told us the trail was well market. It wasn't, especially since there was a lot of snow above 9000 ft. We did not have a top-notch topo map (get one) nor did we have a compass, a flashlight, extra clothing if it got cold, etc, etc. All we can say is: we are experienced, advanced hikers who did not prepare adequately for this hike and ended up getting lost. Over plan to be safe!!
Reviewed by Pamela on 8/12/2004
Jean Peak is great. I hiked it from the tram up, through Round Valley and Welman Divide to the trail at 10,000'. Then I went cross country to the peak (just before the saddle). It's a nice route w/o much rock or brush and saves some miles from going all the way to San Jac. The register is easy to find ... under some rocks at the middle bump (not the one closest to San Jac).
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