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Mt. San Jacinto Peak via Palm Springs Tram

This hike will be the start of our training hikes leading up to Cactus to Clouds, October 19th.  You do not have to participate in the Cactus to Clouds hike to sign up for this hike.

This all day outing is as good as it gets. The trip starts out by taking the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway almost a mile straight up into the San Jacinto wilderness. The first 2 miles of trail traverses a lovely pine forest, passing through Round Valley. The trail then begins a 1 mile accent to Wellman Divide, a great spot for lunch with breathtaking views. At this point the trail heads north towards the peak. The forest is somewhat open with the ground covered in lush vegetation, and ever more stunning views of the desert below. Near the summit you will encounter a small stone cabin, and after an easy rock scramble up a 100 yards or so, you will be at the peak.  Come join us during this hike through the beautiful San Jacinto wilderness. 

Distance: 12 miles round trip

Summit: 10,834'

Elevation Gain: 2,300'

Difficulty: Strenuous due to altitude and hike distance. (Warning: if you tend to get altitude sickness at high elevation, please do not come on this hike.  This is for your safety and the others around you.)

Hiking time: 7-8.5 hours depending on pace, includes time for lunch.

Pace: Moderate speed

Meeting location and time: Meet at the listed address (elevation 2,643 ft) above at 7:30a, purchase our tram ticket for the first tram departure up to the top of the aerial tramway (elevation 8,516 ft).  From there, we'll obtain our permit at the Ranger Station and off we go on our hike to the top of Mt. San Jacinto (elevation 10,834 ft).

Tickets for the Tram: You will need to purchase a Tram ticket for this hike. Cost is $24 for Adults. AAA Auto Club offers a discount of 10%.  They do have tickets available the day of.  But why take the chance.  I recommend purchasing online before the day of the event. Remember, the tram departure we want to take is 8a., http://pstramway.com.

What to bring: 3-liters of liquid, Snacks, Lunch, light jacket, gloves, beenie, sun protection (sunscreen/hat), lighting, hiking poles (recommended), and a fun attitude to share in the altitude = ).

If you bring a guest you must stay with them and are responsible for their safety

Disclaimer: The Organizer and Assistant Organizers in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer and Assistant Organizers of the inland empire hiking club Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities

Trees and rocks... About 9500 feet up in San Jacinto State Forest

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    CHALLENGING hike with compatible fun folks...LOTS of folks on the summit!
    Robert handled the group with professionalism and care.
    Hope everyone got to see the SUPERMOON from the top of tram.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Robert for another challenging day!

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice hike!

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike and good weather! Thanks to all you who made this hike a lot of fun. Also, congratulations to Jerry (Cyclist Jerry), Angela, Lisa, Pam, and Kevin getting to the peak for the first time. You all did great!

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was really looking forward to going. Circumstances beyond my control have come up. See you all next time.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't be able to make it...had the flu all week..hopefully nedt time!

    June 21, 2013

  • David

    Can't go on this classic hike. Glad to give someone else the opportunity! Hope to hike with your group another day!

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can take the two of you. Can you meet at Redlands Panera bread at 6:30?

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, thanks Lori!

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    any carpools from Highland or Redlands?

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd like to join a Redlands carpool.

      June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Andrew , I'm sorry I just had to cancel ..something last minute came up ..

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to join if it isn't too late. I live 5 min from tram..

    1 · June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Purchased my ticket on line today 6/17. Only 22 more positions remaining according to website. With 19 attending, everyone should buy their tickets on line...risky to wait til day of arrival!
    See you at the tram station at 07:30 on Saturday.
    THANKS for clearing me from the wait list.

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Robert how many total miles is this hike?

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make this one but would be interested in the future training hikes!

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, roll call! Please let me know by this Sunday, June 16th, if you are still interested in attending this hike. Whether you are on the Waitlist or not, I want to hear from you. If I don't hear from you by this Sunday, I will update your RSVP status. Also, considering the altitude we are hiking up to, this is not a BEGINNER hike. Please update your status if this is the case. This is for your safety and those around you....Thank you!

    1 · June 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes I would like to go.

      June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm on wait list, but YES!

      June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes I want to go.

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going. Any riverside carpool?

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Done this a few times and sorry I won't be with you this time. Have a great hike everyone and bag that peak! I get a rush just thinking about it.

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bloom girls are in!

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't be able to make it after all. I have a birthday party to go to.

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please count me in -- thank you!

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    count me in. thanks!

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to still be on the waiting list

    June 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robert...I'll b there minus the friend request...thanx

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Confirming San Jacinto participation IF I clear the wait list...Behrens

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need to be taken off the waiting list now I ended up making other plans and I'll be an arrow head thank you

    June 13, 2013

  • Robert "Eric" W.

    Since I have been up with The group already this year someone new can have my spot. I'll hike up to Wellmans Div from the Humble. Hope I see you at the divide.

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robert...if possible can I add my friend Lisa ...I know list is full at this time but just in case someone cancel ?? Thank you !!

    June 13, 2013

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