San Jacinto Peak and Round Valley Loop is a 12 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palm Springs, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Length12.0 miElevation gain2,716 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingHikingNature tripsForestRiver
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There are free day-use permits required that are available at the Park Headquarters in Idyllwild or Long Valley Ranger Station on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway side. For more information, please visit https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=636

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Roin Silver
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Rashid Khalid
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Rosa Vega
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Too much snow

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Ron Hegg
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Hike 42

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Reina Hoffman
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Hiking

Wonderful trail around a 4 to 5 mile hike. Rangers have you fill out a waiver and return it after the hike in case you get lost. Lovely rock formations. Trail was a little confusing as a first timer. I felt like I deviated sometimes from the trail. Plan to start your hike before 230 PM. if you start any later you could get lost and some parts of the trail are rocky.

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Bonnie Adkins
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HikingWashed out
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Steven Halverson
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Hiking

Beautiful weather! Great views. Absolutely love this area. Thank you, California Conservation Corps, for working so hard keeping our trails nice!

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Heather Polk
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Hiking

This is an absolutely beautiful hike, and we got extra lucky today since it was sunny and only 62°. I felt like I was hiking in the Sierra Nevada’s, gorgeous boulders and huge pines. There is even a small river for the first half of the hike. There’s a little bit of snow towards the top, but we were able to summit the mountain with a little bit of boulder scrambling through the snow. We started from the tram, it was 12 miles round-trip, and it took us about seven hours with plenty of time for breaks and snacks. If you’ve never taken the Palm Springs Tram, it is a must do!

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Mia Svenson
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HikingSnow

The trail is pretty clear from snow (despite reports from the ranger) up until Round Valley. After that there’s some patches, but microspikes were not necessary through Wellmans Divide, and really weren’t necessary until the second switchback. We spiked up there and wore spikes to the summit. After the hut, the trail to the summit is completely covered in snow. Some rocks sticking out here and there, but no trail to be seen! A bit of postholing here and there but nothing serious. We were all (11) of us able to reach the summit with microspikes and poles. We wore microspikes back down to Round Valley just for the smaller patches.

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Chien-Chang Chen
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Hiking
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We stopped by the miller peak before going up to San Jacinto peak. There is an old trail connecting those two peaks. We went down from round valley trail

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Yana Dugan
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Aleksey Sabunin
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Matt Beshke
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Helen Chung
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B McGee
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Charlie Campbell
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Hiking
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Pam Cunningham
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Fengru Lin
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John Zhou
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Thomas Logue
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Donald Elliott
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Christopher Morgan
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Julia Dente
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Rick Van Bruggen
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Ted Russell
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John Pani
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Ross Niewola
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Arvinder Bir
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Beto La Neta
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Anthony R
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