San Jacinto Hike via Tram & Camping
San Jacinto Hike via Tram & Camping
Friday, April 13th - Sunday, April 15th
5pm 4/13 - 12pm 4/15
Hiking on San Jacinto peak offers stunning views in all directions and is a beautiful escape from the palm trees of San Diego to the pine trees! John Muir wrote of San Jacinto Peak, "The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!" You can decide if his words are true for yourself on this trip. The hike to the top will be lead by our amazing and experienced guides, taking a little over half the day to make it to the top. The summit offers a beautiful panoramic view of Palm Springs, the Coachella valley, San Gorgornio, the Salton Sea, and Idyllwild - which is where we'll be camping in the evening. After returning to the tram, we'll head back to the campsite by dinner time - completing a total of about 11 miles of hiking. Eating campfire meals and sleeping under the stars is how we'll spend much of our time in Idyllwild at the campsite. The last day we'll head back to palms trees, leaving the pines behind but taking great memories with us from an awesome trip.
About the Trip & Itinerary
Friday (Day 1): Arrive at the ARC on PLNU campus at 5pm. After brief introductions, participants and guides will load up into the van to drive approximately 2.5 hours to our campground at Idyllwild County Park. There, we'll set up camp and head to bed early under a star filled sky because of our early rise the next morning.
Saturday (Day 2): We'll wake up early for breakfast and hit the road to the Palm Springs Aerial tramway. After riding the tram up to the trail head, we'll spend the rest of the day hiking up towards the summit. Reaching the top is dependent upon snowfall, but regardless of reaching the absolute top, the views will be incredible! The hike is about 11 miles round trip. Then we'll head back down the mountain and back to camp for a delicious meal prepared by our guides, followed by s'mores and stargazing before bed.
Sunday (Day 3): The morning will begin with a delicious, hot breakfast cooked by our guides, followed by cleaning up camp. From there, with happy hearts we'll do another 2.5 hour drive back to campus - arriving back at PLNU at approximately 12pm.
Price >> $50.00
The San Jacinto hike is approximately 11 miles round trip and takes 5+ hours to complete. The elevation at the top is 10,000+ feet and there is an elevation gain of 2,000+ feet from the base to the summit. This hike is considered moderate-difficult and not for the faint of heart. There will be as many opportunities to take breaks along the way as participants need. Hiking experience is definitely recommended for participants who are up for a good challenge on this trip! Come explore the mountain with us!
Fitness Rating: 4 out of 5 difficulty
Safety & Risk Management
Sun exposure is a concern, as is dehydration, so participants will be expected to drink lots of water and use sun protection for their safety. Blisters and twisted ankles are a concern as well, but our guides are Wilderness First Responder certified and can provide assistance to participants. We will be checking the weather and with the ranger station prior to the trip to make sure the conditions are safe and to see if there is snow/how much. Snow would impact our ability to summit because we would not have special, required gear for summitting in the snow. For safety reasons, all participants must have a reliable pair of shoes to hike in (hiking boots recommended), 2 water bottles, appropriate hiking clothes, and a whistle as safety equipment. Most of these items will be provided by your guides from ODL, but check the packing list below to see what you must bring. Our group will stay together the entire time, there will be no exploring the trail alone for your safety.