The last 0.8 mi got difficult. However Google maps has it in the wrong spot. And would not have wanted to have been on the trail without the micro-spikes. The trail begins at the southeast corner of the Humber Park parking area. Beautiful day. 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. 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. Great trail some of it newer. San Jacinto Peak is easily accessible, as many trails penetrate the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. I went from a t-shirt only - all the way to a t-shirt, mid-layer with hood, puffy with hood, gortex shell w/ hood, fleece hat - all hoods on. Cactus to 2 Clouds climbs from the Desert of Palm Springs, CA to the highpoint on Mt. They got stranded in the wilderness and ranger had to come back for them. 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. You get to see the remnants of the 2013 Mountain Fire which closed Willow Creek Trail. Be aware of the signs of altitude sickness and how to address it. Permits are unlimited, and they are free for day hiking. Distance: 12 miles. The Devils Slide Trail … I would say micro spike is a must. Great trail. Thank you so much!! In 2011, a couple of friends and I set out to hike to the San Jacinto Summit from where the tram drops you off. You are so kind to share your jacket, head light, and medicine. Mount San Jacinto is located at a high altitude where the growing season is short. But super exciting, even with the high winds. From there, you can escape the crowds on an extensive array of hiking trails -- the best of which is to the San Jacinto summit. no visibility out here today. I started with a base layer, a long-sleeved t-shirt and windbreaker all the way to the peak. The biggest hazard is ice on the trail that is hard to see. On the way back to the tram around 3 pm to 5 pm, it got cold (mid 30s ⁰F) and got windy. 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. Beautiful weather. And also be aware of altitude sickness. It's a truly epic trail. 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!). Bring at least 3 liters of water and food. As always, check the information board for any notices and warnings about the trail conditions before heading out. 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. Really nice hike. During our hike, the weather conditions changed significantly. brought 2 litters of water, and that was enough. 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. There you will find I enjoyed each and every hike there. took about two and a half hours to get to the summit. Perhaps the most beautiful scenery I have seen in SoCal hikes especially after Round Valley. The temperatures vary greatly from tram to summit. Nice beautiful trail well maintained. Ascend two-and-one-half miles to a pristine wilderness aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar 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. It is also the most remote. Wildlife, Create Recommended Route or Long Valley Hikes. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. strong winds. 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 … Trail, California Department of Parks and Recreation - Mount San Jacinto State Park. Check the weather and be prepared. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. The permits are free, and limit entry to assure solitude and to protect the wilderness area. The trail included 10.5 miles and over 3,000' of elevation gain. 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. Forgot to record my AllTrails going up lol..went Dec 4. Weather was perfect: high 30s/low 40's, sunny, mild wind. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness is open, the Tramway remains closed. The lesser-travelled Marion Mountain trail skips the tram, beginning a few miles north of Idyllwild. Impressive even more that they were in their late sixty’s! It is best to make reservations online in advance or there may be a wait for a tram. 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). Will try again when free of snow. Ascend two-and-one-half miles to a pristine wilderness aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar. The trail reopened in the end of 2017. Leaving the Tram, descend into Long Valley and self-register for a Wilderness permit at the Mount San Jacinto State Park ranger station. 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). The weather can change dramatically at this altitude. Huge thanks to Rick. Check in at the ranger station before hiking. 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. No need for crampons yet. My recommendation is to take your time and enjoy the beautiful views. The easiest and most popular hike to the peak begins at the Mountain Station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. San Jacinto itself. 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. So be prepared and play your cards right. The trailhead is accessed via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which is $25 per person. The good part is you get to take a tram down from 8K feet. Wellman Divide was probably the warmest point on the trail today. There I have been up to Mt. Stay on the trail. The trail passes through pine forest and meadows with ample opportunities to spot wildlife and view the surrounding peaks. My microspikes lost their traction so slipped on ice once. if there's snow on trail take microspikes, so now I hiked from museum to top of the tram, and tram to peak aka cactus to Clouds . 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. Marion Mountain Trail approaches San Jacinto Peak from the west-southwest. A second sign states that you are three miles from Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. 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. San Jacinto State Park between the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Mt. I put on and took off micro spikes several times during both the ascent and the descent. Tram costs. If you plan of using it multiple times get a pass. Also attempted Miller Peak I was very happy I had layers. Most hikers only hike from the upper tramway station to the summit and back. Tagged Miller near the peak. So beautiful at the peak. Tickets and parking at the tram need to be purchased in advance, unless hiking the skyline trail or over from Idyllwild. San Jacinto State Park offers 54 miles of hiking trails located within a 14,000 acre pristine wilderness, one of the last in California. 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. Distance from the tram to the summit: 5.5 miles. we could only stay at the summit for a few minutes and that was with a hat on and three hoods. I will be back soon. Microsprikes were very helpful for several long sections of the trail. People without them seemed to be dangerously sliding frequently. Once arriving to Long Valley, register for free at the Ranger Station for your own safety to hike the peak. I love going out to this park no matter what trails. still cool though. But because we had backpacked to Round Valley first, it was only 3.5 miles for us. Took them 8 hours with 8,000 elevation gain! Today was a little challenging for me because of the snow and ice as I am inexperienced with hiking in snow. You could see Mojave desert, alpine area, and snow pack at the same spot!!!! Our group of 3 hiked this trail to the 10,834' peak and back yesterday. Some spots were a little rough (especially with the ice and snow), but overall a nice hike. Inside the large structure is the tram depot, a restaurant, bar, and California State Park visitor center. Hiked on 12/06. I underestimated a little bit of how slow we were going downhill. 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. 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 … Beautiful day and hike. While Mt. After a short bit on the clearly marked trail, you'll be back on the GPS trail. 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 loop hike offers a different perspective for hiking the mountain. All trails still has the old section. It was work, but awesome! 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. You need microspikes. 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 … GENERALLY you should be fine the first week of November. So it's wrong here. Bring microspikes when there is snow, as the hike is slippery and that aspect can be dangerous. After that, the remaining 5 miles or so only climb about 2,000 feet. 12 miles round trip (to and from ranger station) We took the 8am tram up and finished right before it got dark. Hike started at 9am, got to the top at 12. the peak has amazing views. The trail, scenery, and views were all excellent. We took the 8:40 tram up (advanced tickets and parking pass are required) and finished a little after 4pm, close to sunset. Trail is easy to follow. Well marked, easy to see and track, and most of it pretty smooth. San Jacinto is one of the most approachable of the 10,000-foot peaks in Southern California. The high country wilderness within the Mt. Met a few hikers coming up from Desert floor in tram line down. We started the trail at 8:45 and finished at 4:30. A few strong hikers out there making it look easy. San Jacinto, gaining over 10K feet in the process. Icy patches. I wore 2 long sleeve shirts, I also brought a jacket but didn't need to wear it. The 2 miles or so to Long Valley are among the toughest, with gradients reaching 50%. Elevation Gained: 2362 feet. This easy-to-moderate loop takes visitors through the Round Valley area of Mt. Note: the trail now has new signage which was great. Also be prepared to do some simple rock climbing at the end to reach the peak. San Jacinto. As such, the wind chill was nuts. The trail is rocky in some areas, so watch your foot planting carefully. That turned the rest of the "hard" hike, into a "brutal" hike and slowed down our pace from 3mph to 2mph. Tramway to San Jacinto Peak – 6 miles, elevation change of 2318 feet, strenuous. San Jacinto summit via different trails, including the C2C, about a dozen times. If you don't want to carry all the equipment, hide them somewhere in Round Valley and pick it up on the way back. After that walked so much more slowly.. We take a ride on the world's largest rotating aerial tramway in Palm Springs, CA and hike the Desert View Trail on Mt. At the end, go to the left of the Cabin to reach the peak. Length 10.5 miElevation gain 2644 ftRoute type Out & back. 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. 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). 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. Traverse to San Jacinto State Park from Flat Rock is no joke! not many trails open at the moment, and this was such a great day! Pack appropriate clothing for any conditions and always carry the Ten Essentials when hiking in the wilderness. 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. As do the trail conditions. There are several routes up San Jacinto. Follow signs. We didn’t have spikes so just took it to Round Valley intersection. Snow is expected this weekend, just got ahead of it. 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. on the way down I fell a few times because of the snow. Microspikes super helpful on the descent from the summit to the tram. The trail has all new directional signs and a new sign at the summit showing the elevation. I recommend now that Daylight saving time has ended, take the 8:00 AM tram and start immediately. Mt. We had 5 hours actual hiking, 7 hours total on the trail, with frequent stops after the ankle injury. I misjudged a step on one angled rock and rolled my ankle. The mountaintop terminal has many amenities including a cafe and gift shops. It's the shortest route up Mt. You must obtain a permit before entering the Wilderness. 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. All trails are accessed by exiting the Mountain Station and descending a concrete pathway to Long Valley. We are slow hikers but it will will be progressively getting darker earlier through December. It was 28° at the summit and blowing about 50 mph. And if you think the trail has improved, the next corner probably has more ice and snow. The 6 miles from the ranger station to the summit is made far more difficult by the previous 8,000 feet just hiked. Warning The hike to the tram is difficult to say the least, gaining 8K feet in just 10 miles. all we did was the nature trail. Get one of the trams before 9am, because it gets dark early now. But be prepared. Hiked to the top of San Jacinto and Miller Peak today, weather was great, trail was wide open. San Jacinto. 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. 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. It looks like these conditions will be consistent for the next few weeks. Amazing hike. If you come prepared, it'll be fine. You will be at high elevation, so be aware of the potential for altitude sickness. Long Valley is at an elevation of 8,400 feet at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Top Elevation : 10,834 feet. We’re turtles because we enjoy looking at the scenery. You have to pay for parking. And last tram down is 6pm. All trails are accessed by exiting the Mountain Station and descending a concrete pathway less than a mile to Long Valley. The last mile is pretty rocky with a fun Little Rock scramble to the top. Permits are required on this hike, but are available for free at the ranger station at the start of the hike. Follow the clear trail path and trail signage, not those GPS maps. In any event, after the seminar I headed to Palm Springs with a goal of climbing San Jacinto 10,804 feet. My friends forgot to take their spikes and didn't carry enough water and food. The "Cactus to the Clouds" trail leads from Palm Springs (146m) to San Jacinto Peak (3302m) in a very long day. Most people take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up from the desert floor and begin their journey in Long Valley. Hiked on Saturday 11/14. Google Earth: Palm Springs Tram to San Jacinto Peak. Completed 10/30/20. Mount San Jacinto State Park and the San Jacinto Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest partially reopened on 9th October. You want long underwear and solid gloves. This is a high altitude area. From there it’s well marked trails to the summit of Mount San Jacinto. fun hike. Scramble at the very top. 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. Mt. The bulk of the climbing is from Palm Springs to Long Valley, which is where the tram takes you. 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. 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