San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway is a 9.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Palm Springs, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and camping and is accessible from January until November.
We took the Tram to the top of the mountain - 10ft elevation. Fresh snow fell the night before - the views were amazing
Beautiful hike that I did yesterday with my friends. I'm doing the south California 6 peaks, which are 6 challenging summits that prepares the person to hike noun Whitney. San Jacinto is the 5th on the list just before san Gorgonio, the highest peak in south California. You have to arrive very early to avoid the long queues for the tram tickets (I have heard that sometimes you loose an hour waiting to buy a ticket). Also you want to arrive early to get a permit at the Rangers station. The tram trip is beautiful climbing over sheer heights, saving you around 10 miles of hiking. Get of the tram and go straight down to the lower level, exit the building and continue the foot path for about 300 feet until you reach the ranger station. You want to be early because although the permits are free, the issue a specific number per day. Rangers are very helpful and kind. They give you a map and explain the trail but due to the snowy trail it's very important to rely on a gps map. It's very easy to get lost on the trail. The hike is easy and offers wonderful views. It's around 9.9 miles round trip. We hit the top and had a nice meal in the rescue cabin on the top. On the way down a snow storm came and visibility changed and it started snowing heavily. It was still not dangerous because we were a group, had gps and were close to the ranger station. It's a very beautiful trail with amazing views at the top.
There's snow up there now so I'd recommend crampons and trekking poles. We did it without both; however, and slipped a few times on the ice. It's a strenuous hike at times and the snow will definitely slow you down. I left my backpack by the safe house because the last hundred feet of boulder climbing is intense with the snow, ice and wind. Bring plenty of water and don't forget to get your hiking permit at the ranger station that is located right at the trailhead. The rangers are very friendly and will provide a map for you once you tell them where you are head. They'll even highlight the trail for you to follow. If you go in the snow, keep your eyes peeled as people have taken different paths due to the snow so you may get off trail and then end up back on the trail later on. They all seem to head the same direction (just use your map to be aware of the area you are most likely in), but you may lose some time and add miles to your hike. All in all, it's an adventure. Just wear waterproof shoes and have fun!
Did it as part of C2C. Great trail that is right on the cusp of difficult/moderate in my opinion. The altitude probably makes it hard though. Nice views at the top but bring a windbreaker.
Great trail for an easy overnight backpacking trip, awesome views from the summit and along the trail
a decent bit of exercise. only downside is that you retrace your path on the way back. great views at the peak.