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Peak Trail - Mount San Jacinto, CA

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Distance One Way 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,701 feet
Elevation Gain 1,133 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,136 feet
Avg Time One Way one hour
Kokopelli Seeds 5.79
Interest Historic & Peak
Backpack Yes
Dogs not allowed
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Inaugural Calculation on Button Tap!
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Loop Hike to Mount San Jacinto
Author DixieFlyer
author avatar Guides 60
Routes 556
Photos 7,766
Trips 505 map ( 6,179 miles )
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Preferred   May, Jun, Sep, Oct → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:37am - 5:38pm
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The Trail to the Clouds
by DixieFlyer

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This trail is the last leg up to Mount San Jacinto in the famed Cactus-to-Clouds hike.

This trail begins at the Wellman Divide and goes to the summit of Mount San Jacinto (10,834').

This is a popular trail as it is used by those doing the 11 mile round-trip, out-and-back hike from the Mountain Station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. As such, expect to see quite a few hikers on this trail.

This trail is a bit rocky, so it is not the easiest trail to hike on. About 0.3 miles below the Mount San Jacinto summit, the Peak Trail comes to a junction with the Deer Springs Trail. At the junction go right (north) to stay on the Peak Trail. Just below the summit hikers will pass by an emergency shelter, which was built by the CCC in 1933.

There is a bit of class 3 rock scrambling in the final 200 feet or so to the summit. There is no exposure on the scramble, so it is not dangerous; however, it is advisable to be careful while scrambling over some medium sized boulders.

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2019-06-24 DixieFlyer

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    CA State Parks - Fee: typically $2-$15 per vehicle, view more information

    San Bernadino Forest
    Visit the San Bernadino Passes & Permits for current information

    Mount San Jacinto State Park State Park

    Map Drive
    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    To hike
    There are several different trailheads that can be used to access this trail. The most popular starting point is take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the upper terminal at the Mountain Station. The Cactus-to-Clouds hike begins at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Additionally, There are several trailheads in Idyllwild that hikers use to reach the Mount San Jacinto summit
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