Spitler Peak Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 2,577' 785 m
Descent: -2,577' -785 m
High: 7,493' 2,284 m
Low: 4,933' 1,504 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)
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“Strenuous run to the Desert Divide and to the summit of Spitler Peak. Amazing views on both sides of the divide.”— James Nuce
A seasonal stream is crossed several times before reaching the divide and the PCT. Going south/right on the PCT, you follow the narrow ridge to the slopes of Spitler Peak. Leaving the trail, regain the ridge that leads up to the summit among trees and rock outcrops. The steep angle relents but a false summit requires you to run another 100 yards to the summit proper and a sweeping view of Garner Valley, Palm Springs, as well as the rest of the PCT as it leads up near Mount San Jacinto.
Descend by retracing your steps back to the parking area at the trailhead.