Pines to Stone
Photo and caption by Paul Cochran
After trekking 10 miles with an elevation gain 5,200 feet; the Mount San Jacinto Peak Shelter, built of stone in 1933 was a welcoming sign that the 10,834 foot summit was near. Exhausted, light headed haze from the thinning mountain air I dropped to my knees near pine tree to catch my breath. Through fuzzy vision I could make out the shape of the Peak Shelter. Realizing that the summit was but a short distance off I was re-energized to continue on. I pulled out my camera, shot the photograph, and with renewed determination pushed on up past the Peak Shelter to the summit.
Location: Near the Summit of Mt. San Jacinto, near Idllwild, California