Mount San Jacinto Peak
Photo by Vladi Sytnik
|Range/Region:||Central and Southern California Ranges|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Nearest major airport:||Palm Springs|
|Convenient Center:||Palm Springs|
Thanks to Matt Goodman for adding this peak.
The most popular hike to reach the summit is from the Palm Springs Ariel Tramway. After a short Tram ride you reach the upper station and trail head. You are required to gain a permit from the Ranger Station. The permit is free for day hikers and Rangers along the way may check. The trip ranges from 11.5 to 12.25 miles round trip. Temperatures can change quickly as they do on most peaks 10k and above. Water is only available at the tram station and Round Valley Camp area. Allow 6-9 hours for a round trip day. The Tram does stop running at night so be sure to check the hours of operation so you don't get stuck on the mountain. The landscape changes are very diverse and the views are unobstucted and relaxing.
There are also four other trailheads located near Idyllwild which can be used for the hike to the summit: Seven Pines, Fern Basin, Deer Springs and Humber Park (Devil's Slide trailhead). One of the more popular routes is the Devil's Slide Trail. Taking the direct route to the summit is approximately 15 1/2 miles. You can also spend the night at Round Valley Campground (28 sites-water), Little Round Valley Campground (6 sites-no water), Tamarack Valley Campground (12 sites-no water) or Strawberry Junction (3 sites-no water).
There is also starting on the Palm Springs side of the mountain is the infamous Cactus To Clouds Trail with 10,400 feet of elevation gain. The Snow Creek Route climbs directly up the 10,000 foot north face and can offer excellent snow and ice climbing with 9,600 feet of elevation gain.
Thanks to Matt Goodman for this description.