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San Jacinto Peak Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Ron Adkison, Hiking Southern California (Falcon Guides).
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