I took the day off on Friday so we could revisit San Jacinto Peak. We were thinking about hiking up from Marion Mountain, but first I wanted to try it again from Long Valley, so we made a fun day out of it by taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway way up to start the hike out at 8,516'. Just as I remembered, the San Jacinto Wilderness was absolutely breathtaking. Also, just as I remembered, the altitude kicked my butt! It was a slow and steady climb for me today, but with the beautiful forest and the amazing scenery I wasn't complaining about taking my time. As we approached the summit, the trail disappeared into the pile of boulders that I had been so nervous to climb last time we were here. This time, knowing what to expect, I had no problem. It was actually a lot of fun climbing up those rocks this time! We spent some time at the summit, had some lunch and enjoyed the expansive views. Hardly anyone up here today. It was so pretty with all the fluffy clouds passing just below the peak. After we were done soaking in the views, we began our descent and I made sure to take plenty of photos to remember the day. We hope to be back again sometime before the year is over to try this one from Marion Mountain.