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San Jacinto Peak

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

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 Peak Trail to Round Valley, a four-mile (6.4-kilometer) round trip that reaches an elevation of 600 feet (183-meters). More serious hikers may want to try the 11-mile (17.5-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.

During the busy summer season, the park offers six campgrounds with spaces rented out for a small fee. During the winter months, hit the snow; San Jacinto is renowned for its cross-country skiing. The Ski Center offers rental equipment and lessons. 

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 tramway journey from the Coachella Valley floor to the Mountain Station takes just over 10 minutes. There’s free parking at the Valley Station which is just over 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) north of downtown. If you’re feeling like a challenge, sign up for the more demanding Cactus to Clouds hike, which departs from the Palm Springs Art Museum. This hike is 10 miles (16 kilometers) long one way and climbs around 8000 feet (2400 meters), so it is definitely not for the faint hearted.


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Lodging Near San Jacinto Peak

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Tahquitz Rock Lodge

Tahquitz Rock Lodge

24520 Fern Valley Rd, Idyllwild
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Idyllwild, this cabin is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Idyllwild Nature Center and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Idyllwild Park. San Jacinto Peak and Lake Hemet are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Perfect "lily Rock Lodge' With Amazing Views spa and Pool Table

Perfect "lily Rock Lodge' With Amazing Views spa and Pool Table

55810 Encino Rd, Idyllwild-Pine Cove
5.0
of 5, from 5 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Idyllwild, this lodge is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Idyllwild Nature Center and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Idyllwild Park. San Jacinto Peak and Lake Hemet are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Shooting Stars Nightly Wrap Around Balconies Leading to Rock Views & Tall Pines

Shooting Stars Nightly Wrap Around Balconies Leading to Rock Views & Tall Pines

24902 Roble Dr, Idyllwild
4.7
of 5, from 35 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Idyllwild, this vacation home is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Idyllwild Nature Center and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Idyllwild Park. San Jacinto Peak and Lake Hemet are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Custom Log Cabin With Breathtaking "rock View" & Nature Views

Custom Log Cabin With Breathtaking "rock View" & Nature Views

55335 Dogwood Drive, Idyllwild-Pine Cove
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Idyllwild, this vacation home is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Idyllwild Nature Center and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Idyllwild Park. San Jacinto Peak and Lake Hemet are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Serenity Cabin

Serenity Cabin

24859 Fern Valley Rd, Idyllwild
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Idyllwild, this cabin is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Idyllwild Nature Center and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Idyllwild Park. San Jacinto Peak and Lake Hemet are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Harmony Bridge

Harmony Bridge

24880 Fern Valley Rd, Idyllwild
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Idyllwild, this cabin is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Idyllwild Nature Center and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Idyllwild Park. San Jacinto Peak and Lake Hemet are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Edelweiss Log Cabin

Edelweiss Log Cabin

55470 Howland Rd, Idyllwild
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Idyllwild, this cabin is 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Idyllwild Nature Center and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Idyllwild Park. San Jacinto Peak and Lake Hemet are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

55265 Dogwood Dr, Idyllwild
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Idyllwild, this cabin is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Idyllwild Nature Center and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Idyllwild Park. San Jacinto Peak and Lake Hemet are also within 12 mi (20 km).