Tram's Mountain Station to Mt. San Jacinto Peak via Sid Davis Route
Tram Ticket Info: Tickets for the Tram: $26.95 Adult $24.95 Senior. $10 parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents. Our tram departure is 10am. Purchase tickets at https://pstramway.com/tickets/
Hike Leader: David Stewart
IMPORTANT INFO for this hike: Emergency Contact Information, sun protection/hat, and hiking poles which may be helpful. Sturdy hiking footwear with good tread and adequate drinking water (2 liters minimum) are required. Bring lunch/snacks and of course, a wonderful attitude. Thanks. Also, pets are NOT allowed.
Details: This all-day vigorous adventure is as good as it gets--for hikers who are physically fit. We start out by taking the popular Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which ascends almost a mile straight up into the San Jacinto wilderness. Then a brief stop at the Ranger station to sign and drop off a required permit, before heading off to the Round Valley / Sid Davis junction. From there we go off trail up the Sid Davis route (some steep areas) to where the main trail meets the first of two major switchbacks to the peak (with a short break if required). While ascending, we might see deer along the way within the midst of the raw wilderness. At this point, the well-maintained trail heads up north towards the next switchback. The forest is somewhat open in this area with lush vegetation on the sides of the trail. This area also has nice views of Long Valley and in the far distance, Coachella Valley. At the beginning of the second switchback will be a close encounter of Miller Peak. Then, off trail again turning south and up towards San Jacinto Peak. After a brief visit at the Stone Hut (emergency shelter), we head up to our highest point (a rock scramble up a 100 yards or so). While at the SJ Peak, a leisurely (about 30 minutes) lunch break. While enjoying our lunch/relaxation, there are excellent views of the Banning Pass, Mt. San Gorgonio, Coachella Valley.(John Muir considered the view from San Jacinto peak one of the most sublime on earth.) Poor weather and/or trail conditions cancels this hike.
Covid guidelines: Mask are required onboard the tram car. Anyone not vaccinated should wear a mask if unable to stay socially distanced.
Please call 760-320-2774 or email David at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
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