Trip Report
Northeast Face of Miller Peak (Mt. San Jacinto)
Tuesday April 26, 2011 2:14am
On April 24, two of us climbed a route on the nearly 4000-foot northeast face of Miller Peak (near Palm Springs). I have never heard of a prior ascent of the face, let alone our particular route, so would love to hear some history.

My complete trip report is here.

Our route on Miller's northeast face.
Our route on Miller's northeast face.
Credit: Sam Page

Another angle on the route.
Another angle on the route.
Credit: Sam Page

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Sam Page
About the Author
Sam Page is a mountain climber from Orange County, CA.


Bishop and Redlands
  Apr 26, 2011 - 08:19am PT
Sam - it is great that you are finding adventure in our local mountains. I've gotten off the beaten path in a few of the chutes and ridges around Forest Falls. I've done a few in the San Jacintos but not this one. The San Jacintos have lots of potential for cool trips like this. Step off the "summer" trail in winter and you wont see anyone.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Apr 27, 2011 - 02:21pm PT
Nice Effort guys,
third times the charm!
Sam Page

Mountain climber
Orange County, CA
Author's Reply  May 3, 2011 - 06:27pm PT
Thanks for the kind words, Don and Ezra.

Coincidentally, while we were two thirds up the couloir, our friend Ryan Bracci was flying overhead snapping photos. Here is one of them:


Trad climber
Fanta Se
  May 3, 2011 - 08:54pm PT
Yay! That's how you do it! Way to go. I had traversed it at about 9,500' level from the east and then climbed up the big gulley one February. We had gone up the tram the night before and had hunkered down along the ridge above and northwest of Long Valley. I love that side of San Jacinto. Thanks for the report!

I'd done snow creek 3 times and once climbed San Jacinto via the Fuller Ridge. Just parked at the base of the mountain at about 2,000' across from Cabazón near the mouth of Horsethief Canyon.

We planned the Fuller Ridge ascent for mid-March so the big boulders along the ridge had their solution pockets full of winter water. Where the ridge turns south there is about a 2,000' solid swath of heinously vicious Mountain Mahogany six feet high and fully choking the entire ridge. It took most of the second day to push through this to reach the Camp at 7500', and another day (starting at the crack o' noon) to top out at midnight. It was very alpine and almost 9,000' of climbing!

Good job, mate!

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  May 13, 2011 - 01:12pm PT
Cool red lines bump!!

Dear lord, save us from: wow really?
Sam Page

Mountain climber
Orange County, CA
Author's Reply  May 14, 2011 - 02:26pm PT
Thanks Mar'. Your Fuller Ridge climb sounds burly.