PS - Hike: Mt. San Jacinto Peak

  • Thu, June 02, 2022
  • 9:40 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tramway Valley Station


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Tram's Mountain Station to Mt. San Jacinto Peak via Sid Davis Route

Start time: 9:40am at the Tram's Valley Station waiting area with a tram ticket (no later!) 

  • Duration:  Around 6 hours
  • Distance: About 9 miles up and back 
  • Pace: Slow to Moderate pace
  • Difficulty: Strenuous! -- Total Elevation: About 2400ft (some steep areas) -- You will need to be in good physical/cardio condition for this hike. Also, rock scrambling is required some areas. Only a few breaks. However, a 30-minute rest on the summit. The views are fantastic! San Jacinto Peak is a 10,834 ft.
  • Meeting Location Time: In Palm Springs, meet at the lower Tram Station ticket/waiting area (elevation 2,643 ft) at 9:40am (no later!) and have your tram ticket ready. 
  • Tram Ticket Info: Tickets for the Tram: $28.95 Adult $26.95 Senior. $12 parking fee waived for pass holders and local residents.  Our tram departure is 10am. Purchase tickets at

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. 

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.

Poor weather and/or trail conditions cancels this hike.

Please call 760-320-2774 or email David at for inquiries. 

Hiking Requirements:  You will need to be in good physical condition for this hike. Click here for more information. 

Cancel: If you cannot make a hike for which you have registered please cancel as others may be on the waitlist. You may cancel directly from your profile settings or notify the hike leader.

Weather Policy: Inclement weather cancels.

You must be a Great Outdoors (GO) member in order to attend this event.

Special COVID Requirements: This event requires all attendees to be fully vaccinated. For more information - see the GOPS COVID Vaccination policy dated 4/26/2022 (click here)

Health Problems/allergies  Discuss any medical concerns with the hike leader that may affect your ability to complete the hike. 

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