Mt San Jacinto hike from Aerial tramway station

  • October 26, 2013 · 10:30 AM
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tram

OK, here is my first long, "real" hike I've posted.  (My first 10-13 miler posted).  The San Jacintos believe it or not has just about the highest elevation gain of any mountain range in the US.  Seriously about as great as the eastern slope of the Sierras.  Mt Whitney may be 14,000+, but the Owens valley is already 4,000+.  San Jacinto is over 10,000 feet high, but Palm Springs is only about 400 ft above sea level.  

We will be doing the Mt. San Jacinto hike starting from the top of the aerial tramway.  

Now I know what you're thinking.  Taking the aerial tramway?? Thats not hiking!!  Well

1.  The tramway does not go all the way to San Jacinto.  The hike from the top station to Mt. San Jacinto is still 11-12 miles, and takes 6-7 hours roundtrip

2.  The tramway is still a unique experience.  Where else ANYWHERE can you gain 8,000 feet in only 10-15 minutes?  Its only $23, yes you will have to buy a ticket.  I also highly recommend buying one online as its one less thing you need to concern yourself with when you get there.  


Now I do put a limit to 15, as there is a wilderness permit required (free), so I will ask and remind people to please change your RSVP to no, if you change your mind.  (Although we can probably have two groups that claim to be unrelated get permits separately) so I may boost the limit if there is enough interest.  


I also HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend staying overnight in Palm Springs, where you can 

A:  Have fun going out in DT Palm Springs with the group, as it has a lot going on 

AND

B:  I will posting another hike (don't know which trails to take) the next morning to the Coachella Valley Preserve in the Indio hills where you can experience some of the desert oases ecosystems at their finest.  

AND 

C:  Its a long drive from LA so why not spend the weekend?


You will be on your own for arranging accommodations, however I will be compiling and putting out a list of motels, campgrounds, etc. for those interested in staying overnight.  

Also, please keep in mind, that it will probably be quite chilly.  If you haven't experienced a long hike in temps in the 40s/50s, I would recommend you not go on this hike.  

So bring:  warm clothing, plenty of water, snacks, proper footwear, money, etc., etc.  

Disclaimer: The hike leaders in this group aren't professional hike leaders. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers of LA Hiking Group responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. LA Hiking Group does not certify the expertise of the organizers,the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and.LA Hiking Group is NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries. isclaimer: The hike leaders in this group aren't professional hike leaders. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for these events, you agree not to hold the Meetup organizers of LA Hiking Group responsible for whatever happens to you on these events. LA Hiking Group does not certify the expertise of the organizers,the event or assistant organizers (hike leaders) and.LA Hiking Group is NOT responsible for any possible losses or injuries. 


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  • Lora

    It was very nice running into you guys. Didn't realize I belonged to this club until I ran into a member(Chris)also from the Palm Springs and IE Hiking Group. I was so happy to see big group of hikers heading to the Peak. Seeing guys at the Ranger Station put me at ease. You guys had helped me indirectly achieving my C2C.

    3 · October 27, 2013

  • Jeff S

    This was an Excellent hike with great scenery and fine folks.
    Bob, thanks for putting this together and providing us with interesting information along the way.
    Jeff S.

    1 · October 27, 2013

    • romy m.

      Jeff thank you so much to be we us all the time

      October 27, 2013

  • Vince

    Thanks Bob for leading this hike...its been on my bucket list..and it exceeded my expectations!

    October 26, 2013

  • Carrie

    Thanks for a great hike Ranger Bob! Glad everyone made it out safely. Teresa and I had an excellent time and enjoyed meeting everyone. Awesome group of people. ... :)

    October 26, 2013

  • Chris J

    Excellent hike. It was great hiking with this group for the first time and meeting some new people. Thanks for organizing Ranger Bob!

    October 26, 2013

  • Elizabeth T

    Ranger Bob - Vince, Jared, Rosa, Chris, Maya, Dennis & I are off the mountain. We tried to wait as long as we could but had to leave since a few have early commitments the next day. Sorry we didn't see you & a few others. We had a great time. Thank you so much for organizing!

    October 26, 2013

  • Ranger B.

    Hi guys, glad you had a good time!

    October 26, 2013

  • Olivia R.

    Fabulous. Thank you Ranger Bob for organizing such a super hike. I wasn't sure I could do it and am thrilled that I made the effort. Enjoyed meeting new people and felt on top of the world at the summit.

    October 26, 2013

  • Susan

    Sorry to change my RSVP at the last minute,as I know the hike would have been fun.

    October 26, 2013

  • Lina S.

    Have to work....:( It's so bad....:( Look forward to seeing your fabulous photos...

    October 25, 2013

  • Bill W.

    I purchased an 11 am tram ticket. Are we beginning the hike at noon because of the delay from the road race? Thanks!

    October 24, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    Just bought my 11am tram tickets. There are 21 tickets left at that time ...... See you all there.

    October 23, 2013

  • Jared

    Tram road is closed until 10am. Also the tram is closed until 10:30. This is due to an anual road race (running) that starts at 7am going up Tram road. I found this info on the websight.

    October 23, 2013

  • Bill W.

    I did Skyline trail last Saturday. Looking forward to hiking to San Jacinto and meeting new people. Thanks!

    October 23, 2013

  • Carolyn

    So, are you modifying this hike at all based on Olivia's comment that we might not be able to board the tram until 11? Just wondering if that would allow people to arrive later that 10, vs. waiting around for an hour (?). Thanks for your reply!

    October 23, 2013

  • Olivia R.

    I went up to the tramway today to check into getting an earlier time than 11am. As I had already purchased the ticket, they said I had to wait until Saturday to see if there is a space on an earlier tram. Online they only sell spots every hour, whereas the tram goes up every 10 minutes.

    I'll see you at 10 am :)

    October 22, 2013

  • Olivia R.

    The tramway is closed before 10:30am due to an event. I was only able to get 11am ticket

    October 22, 2013

  • Simran

    I don't mind the elevation but is this hike over very narrow trails with cliffs/overlooking valleys or would you describe it as a normal hike?

    October 21, 2013

  • Olivia R.

    I have never hiked in this area and would appreciate a detailed description of what to wear and what to bring.

    October 20, 2013

    • Rob

      Go Bears

      October 21, 2013

    • Olivia R.

      Perfect, I'm looking forward to the weekend.

      October 21, 2013

  • Lee

    Are dogs welcome

    October 3, 2013

    • Ranger B.

      Lee, I do not know the policy on dogs, as this is a state wilderness area in a state park. I believe however they are not allowed, but do not know for sure. I will say, as this is a fairly strenuous hike and I might reccomend against a dog, unless your dog has done strenuous hikes before.

      October 20, 2013

  • Jared

    I'm hearing reports of icy spots on the trail. "MICROspikes" may be useful/necessary depending on conditions next weekend. (Microspikes are a traction device that slips over your boots and sells for about $65 at REI)
    Hopefully Ranger Bob can give us an update on the trail conditions next week.

    October 17, 2013

    • Ranger B.

      At least not for this hike, I meant to add.

      October 17, 2013

    • Jared

      VHC is doing the hike this sat., we can get an update from them as well.

      October 17, 2013

  • Steve

    It's a long hike. Is this considered moderate or advance?

    October 15, 2013

    • Ranger B.

      I would say advanced but doable. Not a death march. Like[masked] feet elevation gain over 5.5-6 miles - its challenging but like I said - doable.

      October 17, 2013

  • Katie

    Next time I hope! Have a conflict

    October 15, 2013

  • alex

    Anyone want to carpool from marina del rey area?

    October 14, 2013

  • alex

    Ranger Bob!!! Hey didnt that trademark start in sequioa on 4th of july?:-). I have high hopes i can go, havnt hiked in a while.

    October 10, 2013

  • Amanda S.

    Would anyone like to carpool from the san Fernando valley near
    405 & 101? I would not like to Drive there alone.

    October 3, 2013

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