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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. 

How about making your stop at Mount San Jacinto State Park even more unique? Don't forget to try out one or two of these activities:

Why not consider purchasing a Full Day Tour of Palm Springs? It's one of the most popular activities on offer here.

If you're seeking even more options, examine our Palm Springs things to do page.


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The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort $129
The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort

The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort

1600 N Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Palm Springs, this romantic resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Palm Mountain Resort and Spa $101
    Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

    Palm Mountain Resort and Spa

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

      Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs Convention Center and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Ivy Palm Resort $63
      Ivy Palm Resort

      Ivy Palm Resort

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

        Located in Little Tuscany, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from San Jacinto Mountains and 2 mi (3.3 km) from Palm Springs Convention Center. Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium and Palm Springs Air Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Lazy C Ranch $248
        Lazy C Ranch

        Lazy C Ranch

        88 Lazy C Ranch Rd, Palm Springs, CA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the mountains, this ranch is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from San Jacinto Mountains and within 6 mi (10 km) of Palm Springs Visitor Center and Desert Highland Park. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Aerial Tramway are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Motel 6 Palm Springs Downtown $39
          Motel 6 Palm Springs Downtown

          Motel 6 Palm Springs Downtown

          660 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Warm Sands, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ruddy's General Store Museum, Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium, and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Hotel Zoso $112
            Hotel Zoso

            Hotel Zoso

            150 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Heusso Gallery, San Jacinto Mountains, and Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs Convention Center and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Hyatt Palm Springs $161
              Hyatt Palm Springs

              Hyatt Palm Springs

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

                Located in Downtown Palm Springs, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O'Donnell Golf Club, Palm Springs Art Museum, and San Jacinto Mountains. Palm Springs Convention Center and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                7 Springs Inn & Suites $79
                7 Springs Inn & Suites

                7 Springs Inn & Suites

                950 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Uptown Design District, this condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of O'Donnell Golf Club, Palm Springs Convention Center, and San Jacinto Mountains. Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium and Palm Springs Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).