As do the trail conditions. Marion Mountain Trail approaches San Jacinto Peak from the west-southwest. The "Cactus to the Clouds" trail leads from Palm Springs (146m) to San Jacinto Peak (3302m) in a very long day. Permits are required on this hike, but are available for free at the ranger station at the start of the hike. However Google maps has it in the wrong spot. I would say micro spike is a must. The weather can change dramatically at this altitude. Follow signs. From there it’s well marked trails to the summit of Mount San Jacinto. We didn’t have spikes so just took it to Round Valley intersection. Check the weather and be prepared. The last mile is pretty rocky with a fun Little Rock scramble to the top. Thank you so much!! Long Valley Hikes. I started with a base layer, a long-sleeved t-shirt and windbreaker all the way to the peak. San Jacinto State Park between the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Mt. San Jacinto is one of the most approachable of the 10,000-foot peaks in Southern California. Once arriving to Long Valley, register for free at the Ranger Station for your own safety to hike the peak. But because we had backpacked to Round Valley first, it was only 3.5 miles for us. Bring microspikes when there is snow, as the hike is slippery and that aspect can be dangerous. The good part is you get to take a tram down from 8K feet. Trail is easy to follow. The trail included 10.5 miles and over 3,000' of elevation gain. We take a ride on the world's largest rotating aerial tramway in Palm Springs, CA and hike the Desert View Trail on Mt. The trail, scenery, and views were all excellent. Beautiful day and hike. Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, a four-season alpine playground high above the Coachella Valley, is a fitting example. San Jacinto State Park offers over 50 miles of hiking trails located within a 14,000 acre pristine wilderness, one of the last in California. The 6 miles from the ranger station to the summit is made far more difficult by the previous 8,000 feet just hiked. It’s about a 12 mile hike from the tram, and because you start higher, there is less vertical gain, but it’s still an awesome hike. All trails are accessed by exiting the Mountain Station and descending a concrete pathway less than a mile to Long Valley. You need microspikes. Permits are unlimited, and they are free for day hiking. Tahquitz Peak via Devil's Slide and Caramba Trail, Willow Creek Trail to Hidden Lake and Round Valley Loop, Willow Creek Trail, PCT, and San Jacinto Peak Loop, Devil's Slide Trail, Willow Creek Trail, and San Jacinto Peak Loop, Grubbs Notch to Humber Park via Willow Creek and Devils Slide Trails, San Jacinto 7 Peak Loop (Cornell, Miller, San Jacinto, Folly, Drury, Jean, Marion), Jean, Mount Ellens, Marion Peak, Drury Peak. People without them seemed to be dangerously sliding frequently. Above 9,000' there was still a lot of snow in the fields and ice/snow on the trail from the storm 2 weeks ago. Hiking Mount San Jacinto via Devils Slide. San Jacinto itself. It's a truly epic trail. San Jacinto. Hiked on Saturday 11/14. Not sure if the rangers altered the trail, but there is one section right after the Round Valley Campground that the trail and signage clearly deviated from the trail shown on our handheld GPS, Google Maps, and All Trails. The high country wilderness within the Mt. After a short bit on the clearly marked trail, you'll be back on the GPS trail. Note: the trail now has new signage which was great. If we had stayed at the peak any longer the jacket would have been needed since it's a bit more windy up there and you get cold fast when you stop moving. The biggest hazard is ice on the trail that is hard to see. As such, the wind chill was nuts. Wildlife, Create Recommended Route or Cactus to 2 Clouds climbs from the Desert of Palm Springs, CA to the highpoint on Mt. The Tram and State Park are open year-round, however, hiking in this area during winter months is recommended only for experienced winter hikers/mountaineers due to possible heavy snow and harsh conditions. Nice beautiful trail well maintained. We were trying to complete the hike and make it back for the last tram so we rushed it, and I did end up with mild altitude sickness on the way back. San Jacinto, gaining over 10K feet in the process. The temperatures vary greatly from tram to summit. Great trail some of it newer. The mountaintop terminal has many amenities including a cafe and gift shops. Leaving the Tram, descend into Long Valley and self-register for a Wilderness permit at the Mount San Jacinto State Park ranger station. Inside the large structure is the tram depot, a restaurant, bar, and California State Park visitor center. My friends forgot to take their spikes and didn't carry enough water and food. I recommend now that Daylight saving time has ended, take the 8:00 AM tram and start immediately. Icy patches. San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway is a 10.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. Be aware of the signs of altitude sickness and how to address it. You must obtain a permit before entering the Wilderness. I enjoyed each and every hike there. While Mt. Hiked on 12/06. Traverse to San Jacinto State Park from Flat Rock is no joke! From there, you can escape the crowds on an extensive array of hiking trails -- the best of which is to the San Jacinto summit. 12 miles round trip (to and from ranger station) We took the 8am tram up and finished right before it got dark. Moderately Strenuous Start the hike: At the Palm Springs Tram.The tram will take you from the Valley Station at an elevation of 2,643 … Met a few hikers coming up from Desert floor in tram line down. And last tram down is 6pm. Tickets and parking at the tram need to be purchased in advance, unless hiking the skyline trail or over from Idyllwild. I put on and took off micro spikes several times during both the ascent and the descent. not many trails open at the moment, and this was such a great day! A second sign states that you are three miles from Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Tram costs. We’re turtles because we enjoy looking at the scenery. The trailhead is accessed via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which is $25 per person. The most popular route starts with a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from Valley Station at 2,643 feet (806 m) near Palm … We took the 8:40 tram up (advanced tickets and parking pass are required) and finished a little after 4pm, close to sunset. Check in at the ranger station before hiking. It was work, but awesome! This easy-to-moderate loop takes visitors through the Round Valley area of Mt. Beautiful weather. At the end, go to the left of the Cabin to reach the peak. My microspikes lost their traction so slipped on ice once. Trail, California Department of Parks and Recreation - Mount San Jacinto State Park. Also be prepared to do some simple rock climbing at the end to reach the peak. Follow the clear trail path and trail signage, not those GPS maps. On the way back to the tram around 3 pm to 5 pm, it got cold (mid 30s ⁰F) and got windy. And if you think the trail has improved, the next corner probably has more ice and snow. Bring at least 3 liters of water and food. took about two and a half hours to get to the summit. You will be at high elevation, so be aware of the potential for altitude sickness. There is also a famous aerial tramway that takes tourists from Palm Springs to a point 2.5 hours from the summit of San Jacinto. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness is open, the Tramway remains closed. no visibility out here today. It was 28° at the summit and blowing about 50 mph. We had 5 hours actual hiking, 7 hours total on the trail, with frequent stops after the ankle injury. It is a beautiful hike and you are going to have so much more fun and be safer if you use microspikes where needed, not the entire hike. Prior to the tramway being built in 1963, Long Valley was considered the "backcountry" of Mount San Jacinto State Park where Park Rangers and Aides would patrol on horseback from the park headquarters in Idyllwild eastward. After that walked so much more slowly.. San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway is a 16.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. It's the shortest route up Mt. So be prepared and play your cards right. I have been up to Mt. It is also the most remote. It looks like these conditions will be consistent for the next few weeks. You have to pay for parking. Ascend two-and-one-half miles to a pristine wilderness aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar Forgot to record my AllTrails going up lol..went Dec 4. Stay on the trail. In 2011, a couple of friends and I set out to hike to the San Jacinto Summit from where the tram drops you off. Many travelers, me included, end their trip here but others may choose to continue along the trail to the top of Mount San Jacinto in another 2,400 feet of climbing along a well maintained trail. GENERALLY you should be fine the first week of November. It is best to make reservations online in advance or there may be a wait for a tram. A few strong hikers out there making it look easy. I love going out to this park no matter what trails. Without much research, we went into it thinking this would be a pretty straightforward hike, as the tram drops you off at 8,500 feet, and the summit is only 10,500. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. You are so kind to share your jacket, head light, and medicine. Wellman Divide was probably the warmest point on the trail today. But super exciting, even with the high winds. Weather was perfect: high 30s/low 40's, sunny, mild wind. brought 2 litters of water, and that was enough. Google Earth: Palm Springs Tram to San Jacinto Peak. Hiked to the top of San Jacinto and Miller Peak today, weather was great, trail was wide open. I will be back soon. Well marked, easy to see and track, and most of it pretty smooth. The permits are free, and limit entry to assure solitude and to protect the wilderness area. My group initiated our hike from the Skyline Tram (the easier hike), paying about $23 for a roundtrip ride going up to hike and coming down after the hike. The trail has all new directional signs and a new sign at the summit showing the elevation. Ascend two-and-one-half miles to a pristine wilderness aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar. Since the days are so short at this time of the year, I decided to take the Tram to the visitor center at 8,600 feet and hike the 12 mile round trip from top of the Tram. Tagged Miller near the peak. Microspikes super helpful on the descent from the summit to the tram. The trail is rocky in some areas, so watch your foot planting carefully. They got stranded in the wilderness and ranger had to come back for them. Snow is expected this weekend, just got ahead of it. Pack appropriate clothing for any conditions and always carry the Ten Essentials when hiking in the wilderness. Length 10.5 miElevation gain 2644 ftRoute type Out & back. We paid a visit to the hut on San Jacinto, then boulder-hopped the remaining 100 yards or so to the 10,834′ summit of San Jacinto. Amazing hike. Mount San Jacinto is located at a high altitude where the growing season is short. Long Valley is at an elevation of 8,400 feet at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. San Jacinto State Park offers 54 miles of hiking trails located within a 14,000 acre pristine wilderness, one of the last in California. Today was a little challenging for me because of the snow and ice as I am inexperienced with hiking in snow. I underestimated a little bit of how slow we were going downhill. We are slow hikers but it will will be progressively getting darker earlier through December. San Jacinto. Elevation Gained: 2362 feet. The trail begins at the southeast corner of the Humber Park parking area. Took them 8 hours with 8,000 elevation gain! Scramble at the very top. on the way down I fell a few times because of the snow. Distance: 12 miles. The trail passes through pine forest and meadows with ample opportunities to spot wildlife and view the surrounding peaks. There are several routes up San Jacinto. We started the trail at 8:45 and finished at 4:30. Really nice hike. fun hike. If you come prepared, it'll be fine. The park, which is within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, is typically 30 to 40 degrees cooler than the valley floor, with significant snowfall throughout winter and spring. Beautiful day. I added the puffer, beanie, gloves, and microspikes on one shoe because I had to lend one to a friend who forgot to bring his spikes. San Jacinto Peak is easily accessible, as many trails penetrate the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. If you don't want to carry all the equipment, hide them somewhere in Round Valley and pick it up on the way back. No need for crampons yet. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. As always, check the information board for any notices and warnings about the trail conditions before heading out. Mount San Jacinto Peak Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Mount San Jacinto Peak is: Mostly dryTemperatures will be slightly above freezing (max 3°C on Mon night, min 1°C on Mon night)Winds decreasing (strong winds from the NW on Mon night, light winds from the W by Tue night). Most people take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up from the desert floor and begin their journey in Long Valley. Mt. Perhaps the most beautiful scenery I have seen in SoCal hikes especially after Round Valley. strong winds. But be prepared. we could only stay at the summit for a few minutes and that was with a hat on and three hoods. During our hike, the weather conditions changed significantly. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. There Will try again when free of snow. The trail reopened in the end of 2017. Mount San Jacinto State Park and the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest partially reopened on 9th October. The summit of San Jacinto Peak is the highest point in the San Jacinto Range located east of Los Angeles near the town of Palm Springs. Top Elevation : 10,834 feet. Our group of 3 hiked this trail to the 10,834' peak and back yesterday. Huge thanks to Rick. Tramway to San Jacinto Peak – 6 miles, elevation change of 2318 feet, strenuous. The loop hike offers a different perspective for hiking the mountain. The last 0.8 mi got difficult. Some spots were a little rough (especially with the ice and snow), but overall a nice hike. The bulk of the climbing is from Palm Springs to Long Valley, which is where the tram takes you. If for some reason, the road to the Marion Mountain trailhead is closed, you could also hike San Jacinto from Palm Springs via the tram. Most hikers only hike from the upper tramway station to the summit and back. Warning The hike to the tram is difficult to say the least, gaining 8K feet in just 10 miles. My recommendation is to take your time and enjoy the beautiful views. all we did was the nature trail. So it's wrong here. If you plan of using it multiple times get a pass. Microsprikes were very helpful for several long sections of the trail. Get one of the trams before 9am, because it gets dark early now. The lesser-travelled Marion Mountain trail skips the tram, beginning a few miles north of Idyllwild. Access to this trail comes from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway; tickets cost $25 at the time of writing and the ride up itself is quite the experience and definitely worth it (those with a fear of heights might disagree!). Distance from the tram to the summit: 5.5 miles. All trails are open, except for the Pacific Crest Trail between Black Mountain Road and Snow Creek (Miles 191-206, closed due to the Snow Fire). I wore 2 long sleeve shirts, I also brought a jacket but didn't need to wear it. I was very happy I had layers. Hike started at 9am, got to the top at 12. the peak has amazing views. You get to see the remnants of the 2013 Mountain Fire which closed Willow Creek Trail. The Devils Slide Trail … That turned the rest of the "hard" hike, into a "brutal" hike and slowed down our pace from 3mph to 2mph. Mt. The 2 miles or so to Long Valley are among the toughest, with gradients reaching 50%. And would not have wanted to have been on the trail without the micro-spikes. The easiest and most popular hike to the peak begins at the Mountain Station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Impressive even more that they were in their late sixty’s! So beautiful at the peak. And also be aware of altitude sickness. A sign at the trailhead falsely the distance to San Jacinto Peak (Mount San Jacinto) as 5 1/4 miles, which unfortunately is an understatement. San Jacinto summit via different trails, including the C2C, about a dozen times. You want long underwear and solid gloves. I misjudged a step on one angled rock and rolled my ankle. In any event, after the seminar I headed to Palm Springs with a goal of climbing San Jacinto 10,804 feet. Plant life has little opportunity to recover from overuse from one season to the next, and unless we take the steps to protect these areas they could be lost to us forever.To ensure the preservation of the natural environment and assure the visitor of a quality visitor experience, the Department of Parks and Recreation has instituted a Wilderness Permit … Completed 10/30/20. It's unique in that it has a rotating tram car (think slow motion disco floor) that runs from Palm Springs up to the Mountain Station (8,516). Great trail. still cool though. All trails are accessed by exiting the Mountain Station and descending a concrete pathway to Long Valley. All trails still has the old section. Also attempted Miller Peak You could see Mojave desert, alpine area, and snow pack at the same spot!!!! After that, the remaining 5 miles or so only climb about 2,000 feet. 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