Charlie on Zen Center Trail with Thomas Mountain and Lake Hemet in the background.
Charlie and Jimmy at Zen Center/PCT Saddle.
The Wolfman at Zen/PCT Saddle.
Charlie and James standing above a 200+ meter dropoff.
Apache Peak in our sights.
James and Charles looking for the Registry Can on Apache Peak.
The Wolfman surveys the globe from his peak.
San Jacinto Peak, second highest peak in Southern California.
Spitler Peak. Next time.
Tahquitz Peak and Antsell Rock.
Jimmy and Charlie grubbing down on lunch.
Charlie.
The Wolfman is hungry!
Me and the Wolfman.
Me and Good Luck Chuck.
Three of us at Zen Mountain Center. Start and Finish.
Apple Cyn Zen Ctr to Apache Peak
Donny Mac
Author: Donny Mac (ID: 16079)
Posted: 2012-11-08 06:44 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 8.84 km
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Tags: Travel, Photography, Hiking, Landscape, California, Riverside County, Idyllwild, Pacific Crest Trail, San Bernardino National Forest, San Jacinto Mountains, San Jacinto Wilderness, Antsell Rock, Apache Peak, Zen Center Trail
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I had hoped that this hike was going to be a double summit of both Apache Peak and Spitler Peak. Unfortunately I had injured myself the week before and despite my attempt to work through the pain, I decided to cut the hike short and only summit Apache Peak and turn around. Both James (The Wolfman) and Charles (Good Luck Chuck) agreed and both still enjoyed an aggressive hike of only 5.5 miles.

To understand the intensity of this "short" hike you should take notice of the elevation gain/loss from our start/end point to the PCT junction at the saddle between Antsell Rock and Apache Peak. This section of trail is basically straight up and straight down. VERY INTENSE! Even our "hiking machine" the Wolfman admitted to the difficulty in both directions.

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Charlie on Zen Center Trail with Thomas Mountain and Lake Hemet in the background.
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Charlie and Jimmy at Zen Center/PCT Saddle.
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The Wolfman at Zen/PCT Saddle.
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Charlie and James standing above a 200+ meter dropoff.
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Apache Peak in our sights.
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James and Charles looking for the Registry Can on Apache Peak.
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The Wolfman surveys the globe from his peak.
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San Jacinto Peak, second highest peak in Southern California.
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Spitler Peak. Next time.
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Tahquitz Peak and Antsell Rock.
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Jimmy and Charlie grubbing down on lunch.
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Charlie.
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The Wolfman is hungry!
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Me and the Wolfman.
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Me and Good Luck Chuck.
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Three of us at Zen Mountain Center. Start and Finish.
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