Amazing hike. I wore 2 long sleeve shirts, I also brought a jacket but didn't need to wear it. Great trail some of it newer. All trails still has the old section. Prior to the tramway being built in 1963, Long Valley was considered the "backcountry" of Mount San Jacinto State Park where Park Rangers and Aides would patrol on horseback from the park headquarters in Idyllwild eastward. Ascend two-and-one-half miles to a pristine wilderness aboard the world’s largest rotating tramcar As do the trail conditions. no visibility out here today. San Jacinto State Park offers over 50 miles of hiking trails located within a 14,000 acre pristine wilderness, one of the last in California. You get to see the remnants of the 2013 Mountain Fire which closed Willow Creek Trail. The last mile is pretty rocky with a fun Little Rock scramble to the top. I have been up to Mt. That turned the rest of the "hard" hike, into a "brutal" hike and slowed down our pace from 3mph to 2mph. All trails are accessed by exiting the Mountain Station and descending a concrete pathway less than a mile to Long Valley. You have to pay for parking. I was very happy I had layers. Wildlife, Create Recommended Route or And also be aware of altitude sickness. Beautiful weather. Our group of 3 hiked this trail to the 10,834' peak and back yesterday. Mt. Hiking Mount San Jacinto via Devils Slide. But be prepared. But because we had backpacked to Round Valley first, it was only 3.5 miles for us. Check in at the ranger station before hiking. Permits are required on this hike, but are available for free at the ranger station at the start of the hike. Stay on the trail. The Devils Slide Trail … I will be back soon. Distance: 12 miles. Tahquitz Peak via Devil's Slide and Caramba Trail, Willow Creek Trail to Hidden Lake and Round Valley Loop, Willow Creek Trail, PCT, and San Jacinto Peak Loop, Devil's Slide Trail, Willow Creek Trail, and San Jacinto Peak Loop, Grubbs Notch to Humber Park via Willow Creek and Devils Slide Trails, San Jacinto 7 Peak Loop (Cornell, Miller, San Jacinto, Folly, Drury, Jean, Marion), Jean, Mount Ellens, Marion Peak, Drury Peak. Hike started at 9am, got to the top at 12. the peak has amazing views. From there, you can escape the crowds on an extensive array of hiking trails -- the best of which is to the San Jacinto summit. on the way down I fell a few times because of the snow. Microspikes super helpful on the descent from the summit to the tram. On the way back to the tram around 3 pm to 5 pm, it got cold (mid 30s ⁰F) and got windy. San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway is a 10.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The bulk of the climbing is from Palm Springs to Long Valley, which is where the tram takes you. Tagged Miller near the peak. Weather was perfect: high 30s/low 40's, sunny, mild wind. Wellman Divide was probably the warmest point on the trail today. So beautiful at the peak. The weather can change dramatically at this altitude. We had 5 hours actual hiking, 7 hours total on the trail, with frequent stops after the ankle injury. I enjoyed each and every hike there. All trails are accessed by exiting the Mountain Station and descending a concrete pathway to Long Valley. Distance from the tram to the summit: 5.5 miles. Google Earth: Palm Springs Tram to San Jacinto Peak. It is a beautiful hike and you are going to have so much more fun and be safer if you use microspikes where needed, not the entire hike. Hiked on 12/06. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. Elevation Gained: 2362 feet. The loop hike offers a different perspective for hiking the mountain. I love going out to this park no matter what trails. if there's snow on trail take microspikes, so now I hiked from museum to top of the tram, and tram to peak aka cactus to Clouds . We paid a visit to the hut on San Jacinto, then boulder-hopped the remaining 100 yards or so to the 10,834′ summit of San Jacinto. After that, the remaining 5 miles or so only climb about 2,000 feet. So it's wrong here. Cactus to 2 Clouds climbs from the Desert of Palm Springs, CA to the highpoint on Mt. Note: the trail now has new signage which was great. There you will find But super exciting, even with the high winds. My recommendation is to take your time and enjoy the beautiful views. Access to this trail comes from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway; tickets cost $25 at the time of writing and the ride up itself is quite the experience and definitely worth it (those with a fear of heights might disagree!). Nice beautiful trail well maintained. If you plan of using it multiple times get a pass. still cool though. I underestimated a little bit of how slow we were going downhill. And would not have wanted to have been on the trail without the micro-spikes. I recommend now that Daylight saving time has ended, take the 8:00 AM tram and start immediately. San Jacinto. The trailhead is accessed via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which is $25 per person. GENERALLY you should be fine the first week of November. There is also a famous aerial tramway that takes tourists from Palm Springs to a point 2.5 hours from the summit of San Jacinto. San Jacinto. San Jacinto State Park between the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Mt. If for some reason, the road to the Marion Mountain trailhead is closed, you could also hike San Jacinto from Palm Springs via the tram. It was 28° at the summit and blowing about 50 mph. Impressive even more that they were in their late sixty’s! Mount San Jacinto is located at a high altitude where the growing season is short. Marion Mountain Trail approaches San Jacinto Peak from the west-southwest. The temperatures vary greatly from tram to summit. Great trail. There are several routes up San Jacinto. My group initiated our hike from the Skyline Tram (the easier hike), paying about $23 for a roundtrip ride going up to hike and coming down after the hike. Long Valley is at an elevation of 8,400 feet at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. While Mt. 12 miles round trip (to and from ranger station) We took the 8am tram up and finished right before it got dark. It's a truly epic trail. Permits are unlimited, and they are free for day hiking. Most people take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up from the desert floor and begin their journey in Long Valley. I put on and took off micro spikes several times during both the ascent and the descent. Bring at least 3 liters of water and food. The trail reopened in the end of 2017. I added the puffer, beanie, gloves, and microspikes on one shoe because I had to lend one to a friend who forgot to bring his spikes. After that walked so much more slowly.. Well marked, easy to see and track, and most of it pretty smooth. Warning The hike to the tram is difficult to say the least, gaining 8K feet in just 10 miles. The lesser-travelled Marion Mountain trail skips the tram, beginning a few miles north of Idyllwild. The trail, scenery, and views were all excellent. And last tram down is 6pm. The 2 miles or so to Long Valley are among the toughest, with gradients reaching 50%. Not sure if the rangers altered the trail, but there is one section right after the Round Valley Campground that the trail and signage clearly deviated from the trail shown on our handheld GPS, Google Maps, and All Trails. It is best to make reservations online in advance or there may be a wait for a tram. Tramway to San Jacinto Peak – 6 miles, elevation change of 2318 feet, strenuous. Also attempted Miller Peak My friends forgot to take their spikes and didn't carry enough water and food. Leaving the Tram, descend into Long Valley and self-register for a Wilderness permit at the Mount San Jacinto State Park ranger station. The most popular route starts with a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from Valley Station at 2,643 feet (806 m) near Palm … Also be prepared to do some simple rock climbing at the end to reach the peak. Trail, California Department of Parks and Recreation - Mount San Jacinto State Park. Microsprikes were very helpful for several long sections of the trail. A second sign states that you are three miles from Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. It is also the most remote. Plant life has little opportunity to recover from overuse from one season to the next, and unless we take the steps to protect these areas they could be lost to us forever.To ensure the preservation of the natural environment and assure the visitor of a quality visitor experience, the Department of Parks and Recreation has instituted a Wilderness Permit … Huge thanks to Rick. It was work, but awesome! After a short bit on the clearly marked trail, you'll be back on the GPS trail. We didn’t have spikes so just took it to Round Valley intersection. From there it’s well marked trails to the summit of Mount San Jacinto. The permits are free, and limit entry to assure solitude and to protect the wilderness area. No need for crampons yet. Scramble at the very top. You want long underwear and solid gloves. It's the shortest route up Mt. 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. At the end, go to the left of the Cabin to reach the peak. strong winds. Top Elevation : 10,834 feet. During our hike, the weather conditions changed significantly. Follow signs. The "Cactus to the Clouds" trail leads from Palm Springs (146m) to San Jacinto Peak (3302m) in a very long day. Inside the large structure is the tram depot, a restaurant, bar, and California State Park visitor center. Snow is expected this weekend, just got ahead of it. Mount San Jacinto Peak Weather (Days 0-3): The weather forecast for Mount San Jacinto Peak is: Mostly dryTemperatures will be slightly above freezing (max 3°C on Mon night, min 1°C on Mon night)Winds decreasing (strong winds from the NW on Mon night, light winds from the W by Tue night). Long Valley Hikes. We took the 8:40 tram up (advanced tickets and parking pass are required) and finished a little after 4pm, close to sunset. We’re turtles because we enjoy looking at the scenery. we could only stay at the summit for a few minutes and that was with a hat on and three hoods. You must obtain a permit before entering the Wilderness. If you don't want to carry all the equipment, hide them somewhere in Round Valley and pick it up on the way back. A few strong hikers out there making it look easy. Beautiful day and hike. It looks like these conditions will be consistent for the next few weeks. In 2011, a couple of friends and I set out to hike to the San Jacinto Summit from where the tram drops you off. Hiked to the top of San Jacinto and Miller Peak today, weather was great, trail was wide open. All trails are open, except for the Pacific Crest Trail between Black Mountain Road and Snow Creek (Miles 191-206, closed due to the Snow Fire). 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