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San Jacinto Peak

Take the ride to Southern California’s rooftop to hike through forests of pine and white fir, and experience views that will stay with you forever.

Mount San Jacinto State Park and Peak offers 54 miles (86 kilometers) of hiking trails and awe-inspiring scenery, accessible from the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway’s Mountain Station. From the moment you step off the tramway, there are incredible views across the San Gorgonio Pass and Coachella Valley — and this is just the beginning.

For an easygoing stroll, take the Round Valley Trail to Round Valley, a 4.4-mile (7-kilometer) round trip that reaches an elevation of 9,100 feet (2,774 meters). More serious hikers may want to try the 11.5-mile (18.5-kilometer) trek to the summit of San Jacinto Peak. Here, you’ll be rewarded with views that naturalist John Muir described as, “the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!”

Most routes head through jagged, rocky terrain, interspersed with splashes of color from monkey flowers, lupine, Indian paintbrush, and thick stands of evergreen trees. The trail is well-worn and marked. Emergency stations are situated around the peak’s summit, and park rangers look out for visitors’ safety. Wildlife is plentiful and mostly more afraid of you than you’ll be of it. But it’s worthwhile knowing what to do in the unusual situation of coming across a black bear or a rattlesnake.

In the busy summer season, the park offers six campgrounds with spaces rented out for a small fee. The fee includes a permit that you must keep with you at all times while in the park. Four of the campgrounds are wilderness campgrounds, accessible only by hiking. The other two sites are located in the Idyllwild/Pine Cove area and are accessible by vehicle.

During the winter months, hit the snow; San Jacinto is renowned for its cross-country skiing. The Adventure Center offers rental equipment. 

Be aware that temperatures on the peak are considerably cooler than down in the valley. Come equipped with warm clothing and sturdy footwear, and climbing gear should you plan to tackle the steeper ascents. 

The Palm Spring Aerial Tramway journey from the Coachella Valley floor to the Mountain Station takes just over 10 minutes. There is parking available for a fee at the Valley Station which is just over 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) north of downtown. 

Popular Activities at Mount San Jacinto State Park

Give yourself plenty of time at Mount San Jacinto State Park. Below are the most popular activities:

Trying out a Full Day Tour of Palm Springs will make the visit to this fascinating attraction all the more memorable!

Peruse our Palm Springs things to do page to learn about more activities in the area.


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Ivy Palm Resort & Spa $58
Reviewed on May 13, 2019
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Ivy Palm Resort & Spa

Ivy Palm Resort & Spa

2000 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
     
    3.6 of 5
    2.0 out of 5.0

    Very beautiful area. Waking up to palm trees and mountains in the horizon was spectacular.

    Palm Mountain Resort and Spa $89
    Reviewed on May 13, 2019
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    Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

    Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

    155 S Belardo Road, Palm Springs, CA
       
      3.9 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      I have stayed with you a couple times now and I love it. Beautiful, clean, convenient for walking, and the staff is wonderful.

      Mykonos Desert Suites $107
      Reviewed on May 13, 2019
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      Mykonos Desert Suites

      Mykonos Desert Suites

      2300 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
         
        4.2 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0

        The rooms are amazing clean and inviting, the exterior is so colorful and relaxing that it remind me of been in a quita in Mexico. We fell in love and we are definitely back and stay there. The new management is engage and very nice!!!

        Hyatt Palm Springs $111
        Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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        Hyatt Palm Springs

        Hyatt Palm Springs

        285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
           
          4.0 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Very courteous, helpful and the location is awesome. We were treated very kindly and our room was wonderful.

          Infusion Beach Club
          Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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          Infusion Beach Club

          Infusion Beach Club

          1900 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
             
            4.1 of 5
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Slept well and great time in pool area. Hotel staff always on the ball.

            Ranch House
            Ranch House

            Ranch House

            23111 Parkmead Drive, Palm Springs, CA
               
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Palm Springs, this ranch is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from San Jacinto Mountains and within 6 mi (10 km) of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Palm Springs Visitor Center. Desert Highland Park and Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Tuscany Vista
              Tuscany Vista

              Tuscany Vista

              2255 N Milo Dr, Palm Springs, CA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in Palm Springs, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palm Springs Visitor Center, Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Art Museum is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

                Stay In Your Own Private Romantic Pool Side Guest House, Not A Condo!
                Reviewed on Mar 25, 2019
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                Stay In Your Own Private Romantic Pool Side Guest House, Not A Condo!

                Stay In Your Own Private Romantic Pool Side Guest House, Not A Condo!

                Palm Springs, CA
                   
                  4.9 of 5
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                  The place was great, everything we needed was right there. This was our second stay here and it was as good as we remembered it to be! We had one small inconvenience which there was no control over when the power company shut the power off for almost the entire day.