As we get closer to our date with Mt. Whitney, we need to start breathing some thinner air. Let's hike to the summit of Southern California's 2nd tallest peak, Mt. San Jacinto. The round trip hike is 11 miles with about 3,100 ft. of elevation gain. It's not a "monster" hike, but it is a hard, strenuous day of climbing at altitude.
We'll start our day with a trip up the Palm Springs aerial tramway; an amazing piece of engineering and a great experience in itself. After reaching the top of the tram, we will pick up our permit at the ranger station and proceed to hike about 5.5 miles up to the summit. Our views may be impacted by smoke from the recent fires, but John Muir has described the view from San Jacinto as "the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth." High praise from the most respected hiker in American history.
The trail itself, and the forest, are beautiful. I have not done this hike for a few years due to the long drive, but I am missing it and looking forward to sharing it with you all.
Be prepared with cash or credit card. The parking fee is $8 and the tram ticket is $25.95.
We are limiting the group size to 15 because of the permit regulations. If we get additional people on the waitlist, we may have a second group with a different leader.
Hope to see you on Saturday. Be well and THRIVE!