Palm Springs, California 92262


Cactus-to-Clouds Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Cactus-to-Clouds, also known as the Skyline Trail, is a classic Southern California hike. It is the only trail in the United States to directly climb 8000 feet, scaling the sheer east ridge of San Jacinto from Palm Springs to the upper Aerial Tramway station. Most hikers stop at the station, but diehards continue on to bag the summit of San Jacinto. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the trail the during the Great Depression. It had fallen into obscurity for decades, but is now heavily traveled. The trail also features some of the most varied and interesting scenery and plant life found anywhere in Southern California. Camping is not permitted along this trail."

Cactus-to-Clouds Reviews

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This is a seriously rugged hike, not for the faint of heart. Expect the trip to take up to 10 hours and don't attempt it unless you're prepared and in pretty good shape. The hike begins on Palm Springs' desert floor and gains thousands of feet in elevation. We left early in the morning and the sunrise was amazing. What follows is a grueling, difficult, exhausting adventure...but it is worth all the sweat and soreness. Epic hike!

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Trail Information

Palm Springs
Nearby City
8,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
9 hours