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SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS OR ANY OTHER UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. The tram's last trip down is at 6:00 pm, but the gift shop closes at 5:00 pm. So you have to purchase your ticket by 5:00 pm. They are only allowing 10 people at a time for the tram ride down. It will be a long wait. So be patient. Distance: 20.3 miles roundtrip Summit Elevation: 10834' (Mt. San Jacinto) Elevation Gain: 10,614' Max Slope: 50.7% Round trip time: 12 hours+ Street parking only. $13 tram ride down (ticket must be purchased by 5:00 pm. Last tram ride is at 6:00 pm.) Difficulty: Very Strenuous "Cactus to Clouds is an epic day hike that starts in the desert near sea level behind the Palm Springs Art Museum and ends on top of Mt. San Jacinto at 10834'. Most of the gain (about 8000' of the 10000'+) is done on the Skyline trail that starts behind the museum, though some people start on the Lykken trail that intersects with Skyline low on the ridge. A lot has been written about the Skyline Trail, and Backpacker Magazine ranked the full Cactus to Clouds as the 5th toughest day hike in America (a caveat being hikes with trails). Here is an illuminating paragraph from Hikin' Jim about Skyline: "'This is a committed route. What do I mean by "committed?" There is no way to abort a hike once you start. In other words, once you get onto Skyline, you're committed. If you go up, but get too tired to continue, you (in hot weather) can't just head back down. As you head down, the temperature will increase. You're essentially descending into an inferno. From what I've read, this seems to be the pattern for most of the people who have died on Skyline. They started up, got into trouble, headed down into the fiery furnace of the desert, and succumbed to the heat. Again, I'm not trying to scare anyone off who knows what they're doing; I'm just trying to be responsible and present what are the very real objective dangers.'" (Source: hikingguy.com) People die on this hike. Please make sure you’ve fully prepared for this hike and are doing it under the right conditions. Please bring whatever you need to survive this hike. Do not sign up unless you know you are fully capable of at least reaching the ranger station. ********************************************** Liability Waivers and Disclaimers: We only organize events and do not claim that any of the organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers, event hosts, and/or volunteers are trained professional guides. SCH does not solicit funds or ask for any type of contribution whatsoever nor are we paid for organizing any event. We are volunteers; thus we're only inviting you to join us as friends hiking with friends. Outdoor sports can be inherently dangerous, and from time to time, accidents may happen. By joining in any posted events, you agree that you're aware of the risks, hazards, and dangers associated with any activity and that you're taking full responsibility of your own safety and well-being. All participants must take full responsibility for their own actions and adhere to the rules and regulations of any governmental agencies that exist written or otherwise; that you are releasing SoCal Hikers from any and all claims and liability in case of possible injuries as stated in paragraph 6.2 of the Meetup Terms of Service Agreement (http://www.meetup.com/terms/) located at the bottom at the Meetup website. If you do not agree with the above or uncertain of your ability to complete a hike or event safely, please do not sign up.