San Jacinto Peak The Easy Way

Palm Springs, California 92264

San Jacinto Peak The Easy Way

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"San Jacinto Peak is a close second after San Gorgonio Mountain on the roster of Southern California high points, but its more sharply defined and imposing bulk makes it instantly identifiable from almost anywhere. Upon witnessing the sunrise from the summit one morning, the famed naturalist John Muir exclaimed, “The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!”"

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Five-Star Trails Palm Springs (Menasha Ridge Press)
Laura Randall
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"The first 2.5 miles of this out-and-back hike are a gradual climb through pine forest and grassy meadows to Round Valley Campground. At Wellman Divide, the trail leads to stunning views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, then gives way to even better vistas of mountains, desert, and ancient rocks—views that stay with you for the remainder of the climb. The total elevation gain of 2,300 feet is gradual but unrelenting." Read more

San Jacinto Peak: The Easy Way Reviews

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This was a great trail. Beautiful scenery on the way up and even a beter view from the top. The trail is fairly steep but well maintained. Better maintained and packed then the Baldy trail and definitely better San Gorgonio which was kinda loose and gravelly in spots(i took the vivian creek trail). The guide is right there are some boulders that make for safe good crack climbing practice. To bad I was to tired to try. I made it to the peak in 2hrs 45 min and back down in 1hr 50 min. The rush was because I had work that day. If I recall correctly there is a 5.2, 3.6, 1.2, and finally at the emergency shelter whichis pretty cool I might add a .3 marker. I mention this just so you can help you pace yourself and don't get overzealous. At the 3.6 the trail levels out for a quarter mile or so for some well earned rest. And again at the 1.2. Good luck its well worth it. Ive seen some gorgeous trails in Washington and this really compares. jason
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This is a fairly simple multi-use area. The day I spent there were very few people but I'm sure crowds are likely. A lot of it is well suited to mountain bikes but you can get on some narrow walking paths in a couple of areas. The red sand canyon side trail is worth the walk to view a landscape not visable in many areas of crowded Southern California. From there I walked to the top and continued picking routes from a number of choices leading back down to Lake Forest. In approaching the Southern trail-head/entrance there are some nice hilly grassy area reminiscent(?sp) of southern plantation hillsides. The different ecosystems within the small area based on elevation and exposure are a good experience. Its a nice walk, good exercise and a handy "in and out" burger for the drive home!!!!!!!!!!!

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Trail Information

Palm Springs
Nearby City
2,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours
San Jacinto Mountains
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute San Jacinto Peak
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Dec 2018