Snowshoe San Jacinto

I have been talking about doing this one for a while now, so it is time to make it happen. We will be taking the world's largest rotating tram from the station at Palm Springs to the San Jacinto trailhead. From there, we will strap on our snowshoes and set out for the peak. Just kidding, we will just hike around and check out all the incredible snowy goodness that the area has to offer. We will hike for a while, but it's about the journey not the destination. I heard that somewhere.

There is cafe at the top, so if we wanted to, we can have dinner up there before coming back down, or we can grab dinner in Palm Springs. I am totally open to suggestions. So, here are some details:

First tram up - 8:00 am (I'm thinking more like 10)
Last tram down - 9:45 pm (head down whenever you want)
Cost for tram ride - $23.25 / $16.25 (kids under 13)
Snowshoe rental - $14 first day, $3 each additional day at Adventure 16

The tram tickets can be purchased online and I really think that is what we should do to avoid any lines when we get there.

A couple of thoughts - You really need to wear hiking boots (waterproof), or snow boots would be even better, with the snowshoes. If you think you will go up to the snow a few more times, it might be worth buying a pair at the Army surplus or something. They aren't too expensive and will keep your toes dry. Water resistant pants like snowboard pants. I'm bringing shorts just in case it gets warm. Layers up top, it could get warm and it could also get very cold.

Carpool/caravan - Meet at the park and ride at 76/15 (Nessies) at 6:30 am (yikes!), so we can leave by 7:00 at the latest. I will bring the hot chocolate.

I will post updates with more info here and in comments so stay tuned.

See you out there!
Jim [masked]

Tram Info

Google Map (but we really should caravan)

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  • Taka S.

    My first time in snowshoes and had a blast!

    January 30, 2011

  • Taka S.

    Google earth file uploaded to the files section.

    January 30, 2011

  • Jim H.

    Just a suggestion - The snow at the top of the tram is packed and thinning, so snow shoes may not be needed immediately, but will come in handy further down the trail So, I am bringing a backpack that I can put my snowshoes in when not needed. Just a thought.

    January 28, 2011

  • Jim H.

    I didn't realize that you had to set a specific time when purchasing online. Let's just buy them when we get up there. so far there are plenty of tickets available.

    January 27, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    If we wanted to get our tram tickets this week what time should we purchase them for?

    January 25, 2011

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