The tram up San Jacinto Mountain is a remarkable, scenic trip, but a real surprise awaits the hiker/photographer! Behind Mountain Station is a long and wide plateau of alpine forest and meadows. Both short and long moderate trails are available, including a scenic route that hugs the edge of the mountain providing scenic overlooks at five "notches" where you can see as far south east as the Saltan Sea and, apparently of clear days, Mount Charleston, Nevada, 165 miles to the northeast. The plateau is over 8500 feet, so the weather can be cool and windy. The air is thin, so don't over do it. We walked loop trails totaling about two miles, so it made a perfect afternoon outing.
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