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
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