ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mt. San Jacinto: The Rooftop of Southern California

Updated on April 21, 2008

Located on the far eastern edge of the Los Angeles Basin, separating the interior valleys from the large, sprawling Coachella Valley, which houses such popular cities as Palm Springs and Indio, stands Mt. San Jacinto, a towering, jagged, and heavily-forested mountain peak that rises over two miles high. From its 10,804-foot summit, a spectacular panoramic view affords the hearty hiker or backpacker who is strong enough and resolute enough to climb "San Jack", a name the locals use to refer to Mt. San Jacinto.

Located in the San Jacinto Mountains and under the jurisdiction of the San Bernardino National Forest, Mt. San Jacinto is the highest mountain in the San Jacintos and the second highest mountain in Southern California. Known for its ruggedness and steepness, the northern face of Mt. San Jacinto is one of the steepest escarpments in the United States, plunging over 10,000 feet in less than five horizontal miles! In contrast, the western slopes of Mt. San Jacinto, which is home to the popular resort town of Idyllwild, are made up of rolling hills that get progressively higher and eventually culminate at the peak.

Due to its elevational profile, the climactic and vegetational extremes on Mt. San Jacinto are startling. It has been said that a hiker starting at the base of the mountain and hiking all the way up to its summit would encounter all of the climactic and vegetational changes one would experience on a cross country drive from northern Mexico to Canada! The lower slopes, which are hotter and drier, consist mainly of chaparral and various other forms of brush, slowly give way to a mixed coniferous forest which blankets the cooler middle elevations of the mountain, a dense forest environment consisting of various forms of pine, oak, and cedar.

Higher up, on the loftiest ridges and summits, the forest thins out and consists mainly of weather-beaten and resistant forms of pine and small, dense shrubbery that is common in cold, arctic environments. Sub-freezing temperatures are not uncommon on the summit of Mt. San Jacinto in the dead of Winter, while the lower slopes routinely reach triple digits on the hottest Summer days. Snowfall, which can reach depths of several feet on Mt. San Jacinto and many of the higher ridges and peaks, is a seldom visitor on many of the lower slopes and ridges.

For the adventurous hiker and backpacker, Mt. San Jacinto is a popular outdoor destination, attracting thousands of people every year who seek to "conquer" it's lofty summit. Located over two miles up in the sky, high above the smog and traffic and urban-generated madness of the lowlands, is the true rooftop of Southern California. There, on San Jacinto's wind-barren and craggy summit, a dizzying panoramic view awaits, a view that can extend for hundreds of miles. As the famed naturalist John Muir once said: "The view from Mt. San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere in the world."

And as a hiker who has made the trek to Mt. San Jacinto's summit once so far, I would have to agree with him!

Mt. San Jacinto


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • AnthonyJ33 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Southern California

      Haha...Ok...What do you want to know? Just ask.....

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      this did not help im looking for wild life and the weather there


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)