Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
2,558.00 ft (779.68 m)
Trail type
10.00 mi (16.09 km)
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The hike to Mount San Jacinto, starting from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, is a scenic and popular trek spanning a 10-mile out-and-back route. This adventure begins with a spectacular tram ride, lifting hikers from the desert floor to the high-altitude Mountain Station, and leads through an alpine wilderness to the summit of Mount San Jacinto.

Your journey begins at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway base station, located about 15 minutes west of downtown Palm Springs. Here, the tram takes you on an exhilarating 5873-foot climb to the Mountain Station, setting the stage for your hike.

Upon arrival at Mountain Station, you're welcomed into a bustling hub, a stark contrast to the desert below. Equipped with restaurants, viewpoints, gift shops, and bathrooms, this spot is ideal for gearing up for your hike or unwinding afterward.

The trail to the summit is clearly marked, leading you from the Round Valley Trail to Wellman Divide and then along the San Jacinto Peak Trail to the top. The path meanders through breathtaking alpine landscapes, home to diverse flora and fauna.


Given the significant temperature and weather changes from the desert floor to the summit, it's essential to be well-prepared. Dress in layers and carry appropriate gear for varying conditions. Check trail conditions and permit requirements before your hike.


San Jacinto State Park:

  • Day Use: Free day-use permits are available around the clock at the State Park Headquarters in Idyllwild and the Long Valley Ranger Station.

  • Wilderness Camping: Permits cost $5.00 per person and can be obtained at the same locations or through an online application.

San Jacinto Wilderness:

  • Permits for both day use and overnight trips are free and can be acquired through the forest service. For more information, visit San Jacinto Wilderness Permits or contact the San Jacinto Ranger District at 1-909-382-2921.

This hike, with its easy access and adventurous path, promises a fulfilling experience for nature lovers. The contrasting environments from the beginning to the end of the trail render it a distinct and unforgettable journey in the Palm Springs region.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Alpine Scenery. Biodiversity. Peak Bagging.


Tram costs money.

Trailhead Elevation

8,375.00 ft (2,552.70 m)

Highest point

10,834.00 ft (3,302.20 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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