Mount San Jacinto is the second highest peak in Southern California. Its height reaches about 10.834 feet (3302 m) above sea level. It is difficult to imagine that these majestic granite peaks, subalpine forests and meadows are located so close to civilization. The city o Palm Springs lays right at the foot of San Jacinto Mountains. The high slopes have not changed much since the first people reached these places in search of adventure. For the Cahuilla Indians, San Jacinto was a holy place — the home of Dakush, the legendary ancestor of the tribe, and Tahquitz, a powerful demon, with an irrepressible appetite for eating the human race.The Indians believed that thunder and lightning over the mountain were manifestations of his anger. Several peaks and valleys bear the name of this demon, and one walking trail is generally called the “Devil’s Rink” (Slide Devil’s Trail). Mount San Jacinto is a wild area, in fact, a reserve and, as guidebooks warn, there are no picnic tables, litter bins, roads, there is no civilization at all. You need to be prepared for everything, for any unexpected changes in the weather and for any accidents. So, Mount San Jacinto is not for beginners, it is for really experienced hikers.
San Jacinto Mountain: Trails, Aerial Tramway, Picnic
The road to San Jacinto passes through a pretty desert area, the main attractions of which are beautiful mountain views. Moreover, the best view opens directly from the highway. There is an Aerial Tramway at the foot of the mountain, so you can observe the beauty o the nature from the rotating cabins.
Near the cableway there are several sand dunes and rental stations with a wide variety of cars for those who like to have a cross-country drive.
The tram lifts people to a height of 8.516 feet (2596 m), for many passengers the journey ends here, they sit comfortably in numerous cafes and restaurants at the Mountain Station, or simply sit on balconies and enjoy the views. But, you can continue your trip and get to top of the most famous Palm Springs Mountain. We want to warn once more, that as we have written above, this ascent will be pretty difficult for beginners, elder people and children.
What seemed to be a small piece of land on the map appears to be a rather difficult route with snow, steep climbs and lack of oxygen. What is more, the way to the peak takes a lot of time, so it is almost impossible to ascent the mountain in one day. As a result, you either need equipment, or you’d rather stay at the Mountain Station.