Once arriving to Long Valley, register for free at the Ranger Station for your own safety to hike the peak. In any event, after the seminar I headed to Palm Springs with a goal of climbing San Jacinto 10,804 feet. San Jacinto Peak is easily accessible, as many trails penetrate the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Hike started at 9am, got to the top at 12. the peak has amazing views. Weather was perfect: high 30s/low 40's, sunny, mild wind. We had 5 hours actual hiking, 7 hours total on the trail, with frequent stops after the ankle injury. all we did was the nature trail. There At the end, go to the left of the Cabin to reach the peak. Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, a four-season alpine playground high above the Coachella Valley, is a fitting example. My recommendation is to take your time and enjoy the beautiful views. Inside the large structure is the tram depot, a restaurant, bar, and California State Park visitor center. If we had stayed at the peak any longer the jacket would have been needed since it's a bit more windy up there and you get cold fast when you stop moving. No need for crampons yet. The 2 miles or so to Long Valley are among the toughest, with gradients reaching 50%. It's a truly epic trail. After that, the remaining 5 miles or so only climb about 2,000 feet. If you plan of using it multiple times get a pass. Traverse to San Jacinto State Park from Flat Rock is no joke! That turned the rest of the "hard" hike, into a "brutal" hike and slowed down our pace from 3mph to 2mph. Hiking Mount San Jacinto via Devils Slide. A sign at the trailhead falsely the distance to San Jacinto Peak (Mount San Jacinto) as 5 1/4 miles, which unfortunately is an understatement. Google Earth: Palm Springs Tram to San Jacinto Peak. Marion Mountain Trail approaches San Jacinto Peak from the west-southwest. It was 28° at the summit and blowing about 50 mph. Hiked on Saturday 11/14. San Jacinto summit via different trails, including the C2C, about a dozen times. Long Valley Hikes. Took them 8 hours with 8,000 elevation gain! Great trail. We take a ride on the world's largest rotating aerial tramway in Palm Springs, CA and hike the Desert View Trail on Mt. Really nice hike. You could see Mojave desert, alpine area, and snow pack at the same spot!!!! Trail is easy to follow. fun hike. we could only stay at the summit for a few minutes and that was with a hat on and three hoods. no visibility out here today. The permits are free, and limit entry to assure solitude and to protect the wilderness area. Leaving the Tram, descend into Long Valley and self-register for a Wilderness permit at the Mount San Jacinto State Park ranger station. Without much research, we went into it thinking this would be a pretty straightforward hike, as the tram drops you off at 8,500 feet, and the summit is only 10,500. In 2011, a couple of friends and I set out to hike to the San Jacinto Summit from where the tram drops you off. Follow the clear trail path and trail signage, not those GPS maps. The last mile is pretty rocky with a fun Little Rock scramble to the top. I misjudged a step on one angled rock and rolled my ankle. From there, you can escape the crowds on an extensive array of hiking trails -- the best of which is to the San Jacinto summit. We didn’t have spikes so just took it to Round Valley intersection. Distance from the tram to the summit: 5.5 miles. Cactus to 2 Clouds climbs from the Desert of Palm Springs, CA to the highpoint on Mt. While Mt. San Jacinto State Park. The loop hike offers a different perspective for hiking the mountain. Tramway to San Jacinto Peak – 6 miles, elevation change of 2318 feet, strenuous. Check in at the ranger station before hiking. GENERALLY you should be fine the first week of November. Wellman Divide was probably the warmest point on the trail today. 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