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San Jacinto Mountains and San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm | by “Caveman Chuck” Coker
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San Jacinto Mountains and San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm

“The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!”

— John Muir, writing about San Jacinto Peak

 

The San Jacinto Mountains (Avii Hanupach in Mojave) run 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the San Bernardino Mountains to the Santa Rosa Mountains. The San Jacinto Mountains are the northernmost of the Peninsular Ranges, which run 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) from Southern California to the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. The mountains are named for Saint Hyacinth (San Jacinto in Spanish).

 

The 10,834-foot (3,302-meter) San Jacinto Peak (Aya Qaych in Serrano), slightly right of center in the photo, is the tallest peak in the range. The north face of San Jacinto Peak, above Snow Creek, climbs more than 10,000 vertical feet (3,000 meters) in 7 horizontal miles (11 kilometers)—making it one of the steepest mountains in the contiguous United States.

 

The San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm is a wind farm located on the eastern slope of the San Gorgonio Pass in Riverside County, just east of White Water, California. The wind farm was developed beginning in the 1980s and is now one of the three major wind farms in California—Altamont Pass and Tehachapi Pass are the other two. In addition to the wind turbines in the photo, the wind farm continues both east and west on Interstate 10 and north along California State Route 62.

 

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Taken on December 30, 2013