Mt. San Jacinto

in the San Jacinto Mountains

Saturday, August 18 through Sunday, August 19

Brief: Moderately easy, 6 mile roundtrip, 600 feet elevation gain.

What: This should be a pleasant beginner backpack with good views of Palm Springs, San Gorgonio, and the surrounding area. The trip actually begins at the tramway in Palm Springs, with an elevation of 2,643 feet. Once we have reached the top of the Tramway we will be at an elevation of 8516 feet. The campground is approximately 3 miles from the tramway with a elevation gain of 600 feet, which puts us at 9100 feet. By the time we reach the campsite, set up and eat lunch we will have time to take a short hike in the afternoon. You can choose to either hike to Cornell peak or just hang out at the campsite. Sunday morning we will take a dayhike to San Jacinto peak, this particular hike is rated as moderate to difficult because of the elevation gain of 1,704 feet from the campground. The peak is the second highest in Southern California, San Gorgonio being the highest at an elevation of 11,502 feet. After eating lunch at the peak we will head back to the campsite, pack up and head back to the tram. We should reach Palm Springs close to 5.

Where: Tamarack Valley, San Jacinto Mountain area, access via the Palm Springs Tramway.

When: Saturday August 18. and 19. We will plan to meet at the top of the tramway no later than 9:00 and we will head out for the campsite at 9:30 sharp.

Who: The hike to the campsite is rated as moderately easy. The pace will be slow so I recommend this 6 mile roundtrip for just about everyone. The hike to the peak on Sunday should be limited to individuals who are at least in average shape. There is a 15 person limit so approval is required by one of the leaders. Dogs are not permitted on this trip.

Warning: If you have never been on a backpack then you should talk with one of the leaders concerning your equipment. If you have any questions or concerns call one of us and we can go over anything about the trip with you.

Bring: If you have never backpacked before please call one of the leaders for a list of essential items.

Weather: The weather can be unpredictable. The daytime temperatures can range from mid 60ís to mid 80ís. The evening temperature drops quickly as the sun sets. The temperature can go as low as 40 to 45 degrees.

Car Pooling: Call Beth or Jack.

Topo Map: Mt. San Jacinto 15-minute USGS quads.


From LA: Follow the 91 Freeway east towards Riverside follow the 60 freeway towards Beaumont where it will merge in with the 10 freeway. Follow the 10 until you see the exit sign for the Palm Springs Tramway, route 111. It will probably take you close to 3 hours driving time from El Segundo to Palm Springs.

From San Diego: Follow the 15 North to the other side of Temecula, take 215 towards Riverside, and then take Highway 60 towards Banning, Beaumont, and Palm Springs. At Beaumont you will follow the 10 until you see the exit sign for the Palm Springs Tramway, route 111. It will take you approximately 2.5 hours from San Diego.

Questions? Call: Beth Epperson - work: (619) 695-7775 or home: (619) 441-5250, or Jack Cook - work: (213) 333-5214 or home: (213) 371-2706.


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