Mount San Jacinto
Mount San Jacinto rises over 10,000 ft above the desert floor on the edge of Palm Springs. Most visitors will only go as far as the aerial tram will deliver them, which is about 8,500 ft. Stepping off the tram after being at the dry and usually hot base can be a bit of a shock. The temperature is considerably cooler up here, with a cool wind sometimes even in summer.
Mount San Jacinto Map
Official site: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=636
Address: 25905 Highway 243, Box 308, Idyllwild, CA 92549, United States
Opening hours: 8am-4pm; Closed: Mon, Tue, Wed
Useful tips: How to get there: 111th Street, turn into Tramway Road, then uphill for 3mi/5km.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes visitors up to the Mount San Jacinto to an elevation of 8,516 ft. The views from the tram are stunning out over the desert, mountains, and canyons. Each tram can carry 80 passengers. At the top are two restaurants and lookout areas. There are hiking trails that begin at the Aerial Tramway and lead through beautiful forested areas.If you happen to be visiting during the hot summer months a trip up the mountain is a great escape from the heat where you can go for a meal and walk. Temperatures are usually about 30-degrees cooler at the top.The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was opened in 1963. Two 80 passenger cars depart every half hour from morning into the early evening.The valley station is on the northern edge of Palm Springs. The tramway, built in Switzerland in the early sixties, travels up the difference in altitude in fourteen minutes, during which time you pass through several climatic zones. Even if it is a hot day in the valley it is cool on the peak.