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Mt. San Jacinto In Southern California – Old Friends And High Altitude

I had to travel to Oceanside California on business. Fortunately for me, I got one “free day” off and there are a few large mountains within a reasonable driving distance from this city. Even more fortunate, I have friends who live in the area and one who was willing to join me on a hike!

While being totally unfamiliar with the area I had to rely on Google and Facebook to find the “must see” peaks within a 2 hour drive… I wanted to make my one day off count! At the same time, I knew I would have been a little worn out from working all week and traveling. My long time friend Jeff reluctantly signed up to join me for the trip. He prefers coastal, low elevation hikes but would make an exception today.