Tramway to San Jacinto Peak

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Tramway to San Jacinto Peak – 6 miles, elevation change of 2318 feet, strenuous.

The easiest and most popular hike to the peak begins at the Mountain Station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.  Leaving the Tram, descend into Long Valley and self-register for a Wilderness permit at the Mount San Jacinto State Park ranger station.  Past the ranger station the trail traverses the tree-covered flanks of Long Valley Creek until reaching the broad grassy meadow of Round Valley.  Deer are plentiful and relatively tame if you keep your distance.

Round Valley has numerous campsites for overnight hikers.  Be sure to obtain a permit for camping before leaving the ranger station (reservations are recommended for spring and summer). You’ll quickly discover that the trail from Round Valley to Wellman Divide is the steepest part of the hike, but this section is only one mile long. From here follow the clearly signed trail to the peak.  This approach is easier than the hike from Idyllwild, but is still strenuous with an 12 mile roundtrip and elevation gain of about 2,300 feet.

Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument website

For more information: Trails and Trailhead Locations at the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open, by reservation only.
Operational Hours: Contact for updated information due to Covid. Tram closes for maintenance in September, call ahead for dates.
Reservations: Reservations only, due to Covid19.
Fees Contact Palm Springs Tram admission prices:  Adults $25.95, Seniors (65+) $23.95, children ages 3-12 $16.95
Permit Info: Backpacking is allowed in the State Park Wilderness.  Obtain your permit well in advance in the summer.  Campsites easily accessible from the Palm Springs Tram include Round Valley, Tamarack Valley and Little Round Valley.  For State Park Wilderness permits go to:
Restrictions: Dogs are prohibited in the State Park Wilderness. Know your boundaries.
Closest Towns: Palm Springs.
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Information Center: Mount San Jacinto State Park (951) 659-2607.  Long Valley Weather (760) 327-0222.  Palm Springs Tramway (760) 325-1391

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