Like I told you yesterday…. Marshall and I were in for quite a long hiking afternoon in San Jacinto State Park. For those curious folks, the San Jacinto State Park is conveniently located about 10 minutes from Palm Springs. So bright and early Wednesday morning, we quickly ran out to get some sandwiches for lunch and headed on over to Valley Station to begin our long journey to the top of Mt. San Jacinto.
Fun Fact#1: Mt. San Jacinto is the second tallest peak in Southern California!
We had a lot of elevation changes that day, but once to got to the base station, we were at about 2,643 feet above sea level. But to get to any of the hiking areas, we had to take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The trams look like this:
Fun Fact #2: This tramway is one of only two in the world that rotates 360 degrees so you get a great view no matter where you stand!
Once the tram dropped us off at the top, we walked a little ways and found the Ranger Station. We had to get a hiking permit before beginning our long trek to the top!
And we got to an elevation of 8,415 feet, all thanks to the lovely aerial tram. But we still have a long way to go! But the way up the mountain had some lovely views.
But eventually, we got hungry a little way through our hike. So we stopped at Wellman’s Divide for a little lunch-picnic break.
But we still had a ways to go (2.3 miles)! By this point we were at elevation: 9,700 feet.
Finally, over an hour later, we were so close to the end!
Yes, that is snow you see all the way around the sign. Before this, we had to hike through a lot of it. But we finally made it to the top!
A little smoggy, but the intense climb was totally worth it. You had such a feeling of accomplishment knowing that you just hiked 5 miles and 2,419 feet up to reach the an elevation of 10,834 feet.
Fun Fact #3: There is a cabin near the top of the mountain. Housed inside is a book where you sign your name to let everyone know you made it to the top!
But what comes up, must come down…. 5 hours and 10 miles later, we were just yards away from reaching the tramway station. But someone decided that before actually getting to the tramway station, you needed to hike up a quarter mile, very windy and STEEP pathway. The picture below doesn’t accurately capture just how steep and LONG the path was, but after 10 miles of hiking, your feet are killing and the LAST thing you want to do is hike up a 30 degree incline forever.
Nevertheless, we made it and rewarded ourselves handsomely.
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