San Jacinto Peak

Palm Springs, California 92264

San Jacinto Peak

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"San Jacinto is one of the most majestic peaks in Southern California. It is also one of the most heavily visited. The surrounding forest is supremely beautiful, and you’ll get a great view of this forest as this hike gets its start by ascending via the magnificent Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

The summit block is one of the most picturesque in Southern California. John Muir once called the view from the top sublime."

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Hiking Southern California (Falcon Guides)
Ron Adkison
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"This rewarding trip surveys some of the best high-mountain country southern California has to offer and ends on a lofty summit that affords perhaps the finest vistas in the region. There are two plateaus in the San Jacinto Mountains—the lower and consequently drier plateau containing the Tahquitz Creek drainage, and the higher, more subalpine plateau lying just east of San Jacinto Peak, which boasts two meadows over 9,000 feet in elevation.The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway provides year-round access to this higher plateau, making the ascent to San Jacinto Peak much easier than from any other point in the range. Due to year-round access and generally good snow conditions, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities here. Excellent skiing can be found on the upper slopes of the peak, and many visitors spend the night on top to catch the magnificent winter sunrise before enjoying superb runs back to the plateau." Read more

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7/2/2011
Great, great trail. Loved all of it, but be forewarned that the northern alternate route through Tamarack Valley is no longer open all the way through. Full review coming soon at www.GreeneAdventures.com
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10/17/2007
Nice day hike if you are visiting Palm Springs and don't mind paying $21.95 to take the Tram up. The trail through the Tamarack valley up to the Peak trail does not exist anymore so you can not take that way back down. You have to find your own way up boulders the last couple hundred feet after the trail ends to reach the Summit, but it is not difficult. The current elevation on the summit sign is 10,834 feet.
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6/26/2007
Highway 2 was closed before we got to the trailhead but the parking area we ended at was a place where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the road so we just hiked part of it instead. Had a great day.
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8/30/2004
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Trail Information

Palm Springs
Nearby City
11.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6-9 hours
Duration
Open year-round;Tram schedule varies
Season
Mt. San Jacinto State Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Palm Springs, CA and San Jacinto Peak, CA
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018