Tram to San Jacinto Peak Run – Jun 15, 2013 / 2:50h

Wasn’t sure what today would hold as far as hiking or running. Tried to plan something rather late with a friend, but the universe was mean. So I ended up taking the Palm Springs aerial tram up to Long Valley and trying to run the peak. This is exactly as random and odd as it sounds.

The trail from the ranger station (where you get your permit) is a little more than 5.5 miles from the summit on the main trail, making for a round-trip of 11 miles with 2,000’+ of vertical up and down — almost exactly what I ran last weekend on the Ellie Lane route up Iron Mountain. Still, I was a bit sick and the average altitude is 9,500′ or something, so my goal was just to run as far as I could and then lie down for a nice nap.

I took a small camel back with about 1/2 liter of water, 6 Gus and 6 Gin Gins. Turned out to be just about right in the end. So nice going light.

Strangely tired right now, so no energy for details, but I made it running, all 11 miles. No one was more surprised than I was. About 2:50 R/T.  Cool.

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