USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Location: Riverside County, about 8 miles west of Palm Springs, 112 miles from Los Angeles
- Auto Club: Riverside County
- Forest Service: San Bernardino National Forest
- USGS Topo: San Jacinto Peak 7½
explanation of usage
Nearby Peaks: San Jacinto Peak, Folly Peak, Jean Peak, Marion Mountain, Drury Peak
- Distance: 4 miles round trip on trail and cross-country
- Gain: 1600' total, 1400' out plus 200' on return
- Time: 2-4 hours round trip
- Rating: Class 2, moderate
- Navigation: Moderate
- Route: Summit area has moderate exposure on good rock
Original: Byron Prinzmetal, August 2002
DRIVING ROUTE 3
- Take I-10 east past Banning to the junction with SR 111.
- Take SR 111 southeast 8.5 miles to the Palm Springs Tramway Road.
- Go up this road 3.7 miles to its end and park in the tramway parking
HIKING ROUTE 3
- Take the tram (fee
required) to the upper station at 8560'. Go
downstairs and exit the building. Follow the concrete sidewalk as it
descends to the valley below.
- Continue straight ahead 200 yards to a
ranger station. Pick up a day hike permit here (remember to sign out here
on the return).
- Continue about 1/4 mile to a trail junction with a sign
"Round Valley - 2".
- Take the Round Valley turnoff and continue another 1/4 mile
to where the trail crosses the stream. There is usually a sign here telling
hikers they must have a permit. Prior to crossing the stream there is a use
trail on your right (west).
- Turn right (west) and follow the use trail to Tamarack Valley.
- Upon reaching a trail junction at the Tamarack Valley
sign, follow the trail on the left and hike north through the campsites
onto the steep slopes of the peak visible straight ahead.
- Aim slightly to
the right of the apparent summit area, passing rock barriers generally on
their east side until you discern the main ridgeline ahead.
- When you reach
the ridge, turn left (west) toward the summit and scramble to the base of
the summit block on its east side. Here is a foot wide chimney with a
chock stone wedged in it about 10' up. The register should be located
at the base of the chimney.