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San Jacinto Peak from The Tramway is a 10.5 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 and is best used from March until November.

Length 10.5 mi Elevation gain 2,644 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Rocky Scramble Historic site Fee No dogs
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The trailhead is accessed via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which is $25 per person. It is best to make reservations online in advance or there may be a wait for a tram. Check in at the ranger station before hiking. Bring microspikes when there is snow, as the hike is slippery and that aspect can be dangerous. Bring at least 3 liters of water and food. You will be at high elevation, so be aware of the potential for altitude sickness.

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Christy “CC” Cheung
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Hiking

Max 16 on the tram as of Nov 15th. Trail was easy to follow and hard packed.

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Michael Monroe
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Our group of 3 hiked this trail to the 10,834' peak and back yesterday. The trail, scenery, and views were all excellent. Weather was perfect: high 30s/low 40's, sunny, mild wind. I wore 2 long sleeve shirts, I also brought a jacket but didn't need to wear it. If we had stayed at the peak any longer the jacket would have been needed since it's a bit more windy up there and you get cold fast when you stop moving. Above 9,000' there was still a lot of snow in the fields and ice/snow on the trail from the storm 2 weeks ago. Microsprikes were very helpful for several long sections of the trail. People without them seemed to be dangerously sliding frequently. The trail is rocky in some areas, so watch your foot planting carefully. I misjudged a step on one angled rock and rolled my ankle. That turned the rest of the "hard" hike, into a "brutal" hike and slowed down our pace from 3mph to 2mph. We had 5 hours actual hiking, 7 hours total on the trail, with frequent stops after the ankle injury. The trail included 10.5 miles and over 3,000' of elevation gain. Note: the trail now has new signage which was great. Not sure if the rangers altered the trail, but there is one section right after the Round Valley Campground that the trail and signage clearly deviated from the trail shown on our handheld GPS, Google Maps, and All Trails. Follow the clear trail path and trail signage, not those GPS maps. After a short bit on the clearly marked trail, you'll be back on the GPS trail. We took the 8:40 tram up (advanced tickets and parking pass are required) and finished a little after 4pm, close to sunset. Get one of the trams before 9am, because it gets dark early now. And last tram down is 6pm.

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Masoud R
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HikingSnow

Today was a little challenging for me because of the snow and ice as I am inexperienced with hiking in snow. You need microspikes. It is a beautiful hike and you are going to have so much more fun if you use microspikes. It's also safer. You need to go to the left of the Cabin to reach the peak. Also be prepared to do some simple rock climbing at the end to reach the peak.

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LaQuanda White
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Really nice hike. Some spots were a little rough (especially with the ice and snow), but overall a nice hike.

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Darren L
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Hiked on Saturday 11/14. We didn’t have spikes so just took it to Round Valley intersection. Beautiful day and hike. Will try again when free of snow. Met a few hikers coming up from Desert floor in tram line down. Took them 8 hours with 8,000 elevation gain! Impressive even more that they were in their late sixty’s!

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Christy “CC” Cheung
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Great day, microspikes the entire way. Snowshoes were not needed today

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Kelly Williams
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Snow most of way, but was ok with spikes.

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Matthew Kerr
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Nemir S
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Hike started at 9am, got to the top at 12. the peak has amazing views. brought 2 litters of water, and that was enough. on the way down I fell a few times because of the snow. if there's snow on trail take microspikes, so now I hiked from museum to top of the tram, and tram to peak aka cactus to Clouds .

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Cesar Barragan
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no visibility out here today. strong winds. all we did was the nature trail. still cool though.

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Imdad Yusufaly
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Aurelia Moore
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George Reece
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HikingGreat!

Hiked to the top of San Jacinto and Miller Peak today, weather was great, trail was wide open. Tagged Miller near the peak. The trail has all new directional signs and a new sign at the summit showing the elevation. Snow is expected this weekend, just got ahead of it. Tickets and parking at the tram need to be purchased in advance, unless hiking the skyline trail or over from Idyllwild.

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Steven Myers
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Amazing hike. Beautiful day. A few strong hikers out there making it look easy. It was work, but awesome!

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Patricia Garza-Elsperger
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Beautiful weather. Trail is easy to follow. 12 miles round trip (to and from ranger station) We took the 8am tram up and finished right before it got dark. We’re turtles because we enjoy looking at the scenery.

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Tracy T
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Erik Newman
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Robert Leahy
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Completed 10/30/20. Great trail. Well marked, easy to see and track, and most of it pretty smooth. The last mile is pretty rocky with a fun Little Rock scramble to the top. We started the trail at 8:45 and finished at 4:30. I recommend now that Daylight saving time has ended, take the 8:00 AM tram and start immediately. We are slow hikers but it will will be progressively getting darker earlier through December.

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Danny Zepeda
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Masoud R
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Perhaps the most beautiful scenery I have seen in SoCal hikes especially after Round Valley. The last 0.8 mi got difficult. Check the weather and be prepared. We were trying to complete the hike and make it back for the last tram so we rushed it, and I did end up with mild altitude sickness on the way back. My recommendation is to take your time and enjoy the beautiful views. I will be back soon.

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Steffani Mahan
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I love going out to this park no matter what trails. Tram costs. If you plan of using it multiple times get a pass. You have to pay for parking. Great trail some of it newer. All trails still has the old section. Stay on the trail. Follow signs. Also attempted Miller Peak However Google maps has it in the wrong spot. So it's wrong here.

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Brenda Briones
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Tetsuya Nozaki
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Tram limit the passengers and you need a reservation. There was less people hiking in the trail. There was no biker. It was sunny day and it was beautiful all way to the peak. There is no sign of the peak with elevation. It was broken and gone. Hope park ranger rebuild it soon. It took 7 hours for the round trip. I took the tram at 840am on my way up and 440 pm return. There is no cell network and recording won’t work. Battery runs out quickly unless you put it on airplane mode. Park ranger told me to do but I tried to record and the phone battery was out at the peak. Fortunately I was able to take photos before battery ran out.

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Bryan Bowers
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I’ve done this hike before and it’s phenomenal. However, it’s important for people to realize there are new procedures now. You have to book your reservations online for the tram in advance or you will not get a spot. The website was not clear on this at all, and we made the 2 hour drive this morning today, only to be turned back at the base of the mountain because they were all sold out.

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Magana Ventures
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I recently went up the Tram on a beautiful day right after lots of snow fall. I was not able to scale to the peak but we definitely had lots of fun at the top of the mountain after the tram ride! There was lots of snow! About 6 inches of fresh snow! I plan on actually doing this hike to the peak when all the snow melts. I made a youtube video of our experience! Please check it out and subscribe for hiking vids :) The link is below. My youtube channel is "Magana Ventures" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhDMD026AG0

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Paulina Iracka
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One of my favorite hikes in Southern California. Tram ride was also very fun.

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L J
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Tough one for me in this, I’m used to hiking east coast and a trip west maybe was the climate but hit me harder than ones on my coast. Great hike nonetheless and lots of trails up there to do

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Rachel Guevara
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Fairly busy, but this approach to Jacinto is a good training hike for the longer approach from Idyllwild and from the desert floor. While it may be cheating, it’s a gorgeous hike from the top of the tram, and I would definitely recommend completing this approach before others, especially if you are hesitant!

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