Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to get up to the trailhead area of the San Jacinto Wilderness to hike to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto. To locate the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway look at this Map. The address for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is: One Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA. 92262. The Mountain Station where the tram drops you off has a restaurant, restrooms, and a nice little gift shop where you can pick up a trail map for your hike to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto. The trailhead for the hike to the top of Mt. San Jacinto starts at the Mountain Station where the tram lets you off. There is an area near the Long Valley Ranger Station to get your free wilderness permit which is required to do the hike. For a map of the hiking trails in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park click Here. For current pricing on the cost of tickets to use the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to get to the top click Here. When we went prices were approximately 23 dollars per adult.
Description of Hike: The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes you from the Valley Station located at 2,643 feet and drops you off at the Mountain Station which is located at 8,516 feet. The Mountain Station has a snack shop, restrooms, and several eating options, but this is the last bit of civilization you will see before entering the designated San Jacinto Wilderness, which is contained in Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Note that there are periodic maintenance closures of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway during the month of August, so call 1-760-325-1391 to find their schedule in August. There is no cost for parking or for a wilderness permit, those costs are all rolled into the amount charged for your tram ride to the Mountain Station.
If you don't have time to hike to the peak, there are two smaller nature trails located close to the Mountain Station. There is a self-guided nature trail and the Desert View Trail which offers panoramas of the high country including several peaks over 10,000 feet in elevation. Maps for these trails are provided free of charge with your ticket to ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The hiking trail to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto is usually well maintained and usually well marked. This is an out and back hike along a dirt trail that is at times rocky and uneven.
Mt. San Gorgonio, Saddleback Mountain, Palomar Mountain, the Inland Empire, the Palm Springs area, and much much more. The views at the top of breathtaking as seen in the first picture of this post.
Long Valley Ranger Station located just outside the Mountain Station where the tram drops you off. Rangers will check that you have your permit while hiking the mountain and you don't want to be fined for not having a permit. The rangers we saw on the trail made sure that Ashley and I had ours. They have a permit system because the growing season is so short at this high of an altitude and there is a set number of people allowed on the trails in order to protect the Mt. San Jacinto State Park Wilderness.
Here. There are also several wilderness campsites available to backpackers who would like to camp and hike for multiple days in Mt. San Jacinto State Park. The Round Valley Camp is located near the alpine meadows area which is a cool area to see while hiking to the summit of Mt. San Jacinto. The bottom-line is Ashley and I both highly recommend this hike as a must do hike in Southern California.
Rating: Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft. (Moderate - Strenuous), Distance: 11 Miles Roundtrip (Moderate - Strenuous), Note: be on the watch for Altitude sickness since the height of Mt. San Jacinto is 10,834 ft.
Time to Complete Hike: 6.5 - 8 hours.
MORE TRAIL WRITE-UPS ON MT. SAN JACINTO
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July 20, 2009 (This Post)
July 20, 2009 (This Post)
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