San Jacinto Peak Backpacking

Palm Springs, California

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The north face of San Jacinto Peak, at one point soaring 9000 feet up in four horizontal miles, is one of the most imposing escarpments in the United States. Upon witnessing sunrise on the peak a century ago, John Muir exclaimed, “The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!” Perhaps Muir was exaggerating—especially after seeing so many high places in California—but the emotion and exhilaration behind his statement is easily understood. Today, there’s no great hardship involved in reaching the 10,804-foot summit. Simply take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the trailhead just 2300 feet in elevation below the peak, and follow well-graded trails from there.
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by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

The north face of San Jacinto Peak, at one point soaring 9000 feet up in four horizontal miles, is one of the most imposing escarpments in the United States. Upon witnessing sunrise on the peak a century ago, John Muir exclaimed, “The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!” Perhaps Muir was exaggerating—especially after seeing so many high places in California—but the emotion and exhilaration behind his statement is easily understood. Today, there’s no great hardship involved in reaching the 10,804-foot summit. Simply take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the trailhead just 2300 feet in elevation below the peak, and follow well-graded trails from there.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Palm Springs
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Late spring, summer, and fall
Local Contacts: Mount San Jacinto State Park - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. San Jacinto Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to San Jacinto Peak (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

7/11/2005
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Great Hike to the top of San Jacinto peak. My wife and I did this as an overnighter arriving on Saturday camping at Tamarak- making the peak on Sunday Morning and leaving that evening. Just a word of advice - the sudden change of altitude - which comes from using the tram will have you huffing and puffing as soon as you get up there - particularly the portion going to Wellman Divide. Overall the trail is pretty easy and very pretty with fantastic views. If it were at sea level it would be a breeze. I highly recommend it.


8/30/2004
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