Mt San Jacinto Wilderness State Park Tours

Mt San Jacinto Wilderness State Park
Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness covers 14,000 acres (5,665 hectares) west of Palm Springs, including the second-highest mountain in Southern California. It is home to subalpine forest, hiking trails—including a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail—and cross-country skiing tracks that draw visitors throughout the year.

The Basics
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is one of the best ways to experience the park, especially if you’re a first-time visitor. Board the aerial tram at the Valley Station near Palm Springs for the ride up to Mountain Station, where you can access hiking trails and take in views of the park and 10,834-foot (3,250-meter) Mt. San Jacinto.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness is ideal for first-time visitors to the area, especially outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Weather can change suddenly in the mountains, so bring warm layers.
  • Day-use permits are required to enter the wilderness for hiking; you can get a permit at one of the ranger stations.
  • The tramway’s Mountain Station has an accessible elevator and viewpoint, and the Stone Creek Campground in Idyllwild has an accessible trail.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the park except for trained service dogs.
 
How to Get There
To reach Mt. Jacinto State Park from Palm Springs, take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Alternatively, take Highway 243 from Idyllwild.
 
When to Get There
The park is open daily from morning to late afternoon; get there early if you plan to spend the day doing outdoor activities. Summertime can be scorching in Palm Springs but the park’s altitude keeps daytime temperatures around a cooler 75°F (24°C). November through April, snow falls and average temps hover around 40°F (2°C).

Hiking on Mt. San Jacinto
You can access more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) of hiking trails from the tramway’s Mountain Station. When you get off the tram, walk down a paved path to the Long Valley Ranger Station, where the trails start. One of the most popular wilderness hikes is the 4.5-mile (7.2-kilometer) Round Valley Loop. For something more strenuous, hike 12 miles (19.3 kilometers) up to the peak of San Jacinto.
Address: Highway 243, Idyllwild CA 92549, USA
Admission: Free
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Admission

Soar over Palm Springs on the Aerial Tramway for spectacular views of the desert. Ascending to 5,783 feet (1,790 meters), the tram transports you to the cool air in the San Jacinto Mountains. View unspoiled wilderness, including mountain spires and Ponderosa pine trees, during your ascent. Disembark and explore the area around Mountain Station, which includes a cocktail lounge, restaurant and observation deck. Hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski on the trails in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area around Mountain Station.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
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Earthquake Canyon Express Downhill Bike Adventure

Take a leisurely bike ride in the desert. This guided mountain bike tour will take you down a gentle grade along the San Andreas Fault where the Mojave Desert transitions into the Colorado Desert. Enjoy beautiful views of the desert landscape as you pedal along the paved path. The tour concludes with a rest stop at a date farm where you can try a date shake.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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