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San Jacinto Mountain
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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Ranked #3 of 120 things to do in Palm Springs
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

While it was 102-degrees in Palm Springs, we knew to expect at least a 30-degree temperature differential in the mountains. And even though our lightweight polartecs were unnecessary I would encourage day visitors to bring with them as a sensible precaution. While the trails we opted for were low impact, a sturdy hiking shoe is advisable and not the sandals, flip-flops and smooth soled shoes so many of the casual visitors were wearing. Depending on time constraints, you can have a very enjoyable 2-hr hike on one trail or spend the entire day exploring a number of the routes. Some of the trails will take you through scenic groves of tall pines on fairly level terrain. With a slight gain in elevation, we happened upon a 5 station series of ‘notches’ that provide magnificent vistas of the valley and surrounding mountains out to the Salton Sea. We almost passed by the separate Grubbs Notch and, though not well marked, it is not to be missed. Before departing the mountaintop, you should definitely go out onto the wrap around deck at the restaurant level, walk around the building and go up the metal staircase for a rewarding viewpoint.

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

We enjoyed hiking the shorter paths here. There's a paved pathway that circles around to the bottom. It was steep. But, it wasn't that difficult to get back to the top. We just took our time and stopped frequently to look at the views.

Desert View and Long Valley trails are easy dirt trails that are mostly level. A few stones to go around. Sneakers or hiking shoes work best because of the dirt. Views were awesome and well worth the time. There are picnic tables available if you want to bring along food. And there are lockers at the mountain station if you have extras that you don't want to carry on a hike.

Temperatures can be cooler, so a jacket is a good idea. Take a bottle of water too. Restrooms are at the mountain station. If you aren't used to the altitude, it's more difficult to breathe at this altitude. We found that it wasn't difficult if we took out time.
There are plenty of more strenuous hiking trails, but we didn't attempt those.

There is an informative movie that plays continuously before you go out the door. It isn't very long. Take a few minutes to watch it if you can.

We definitely enjoyed our day

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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Had a fantastic few hours here with girlfriends The cable car ride was awesome.I loved the rotating floor which allowed us to see the full view around us.Not to be missed whilst visiting Palm Springs.

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

My brothers and I took two different hikes- ours was one hour , relatively flat and easy with beautiful views, their's was about three hours, more demanding and also satisfying. Highly recommended.

Thank couplessPS
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Reviewed 13 September 2017

Wandered on some short trails after a tramway ride. I wish we had spent more time there! The trails are nice the views incredible.

Thank Sharon F
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