From Los Angeles take I-10 east to CA 111. Take CA 111 towards Palm Springs and turn right at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway sign. Drive to the tram station at the end of the road. Take the tramway to the upper station and get your wilderness permit at the ranger station 1/4 mile beyond the tramway station.
From the upper tram station, simply follow the signs for San Jacinto Peak. The trail is fairly easy. It travels through beautiful forests to the fern-bordered meadow of Round Valley. From there the trail climbs to Wellman Divide where there are fantastic vistas of the State Park. Here the trail merges with the Devil's Slide Trail (make sure to follow the signs to the peak) and continues to climb towards the peak. After a couple of switchbacks that traverse the mountain you will reach a junction with a short trail to the summit. The trail ends just below the summit boulders. Scramble a short distance to the high point. The distance to the summit from the upper tram ststion is 5.8 miles with a mild 2,800 foot elevation gain.
The winter time transforms the San Jacinto Wilderness into a whole new world. Taking the tram can put you into a winter wonderland made for snowshoeing and skiing. One can either ski and shoe to summit faily easily.
Water. Winter gear during winter.
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