Los Angeles: San Jacinto Peak

Hike one of SoCal's highest peaks on this 10.4-miler that serves up magnificent views and plenty of high-country beauty in Mt. San Jacinto State Park.
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Hike one of SoCal's highest peaks on this 10.4-miler that serves up magnificent views and plenty of high-country beauty in Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.3

Waypoints

Long-range view

Location: 33.8045349121094, -116.67455291748

Open vantages on the trail to San Jacinto Peak. ©Rajeev Jain

View from the top

Location: 33.8148345947266, -116.679428100586

The craggy summit of San Jacinto offers 360 views over the valleys below. ©Rajeev Jain

SJP001

Location: 33.8133659362793, -116.638427734375

From Chino Canyon, take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Mountain Station. Tram climbs 6,000 ft. with fisheye views of Chino Canyon and Joshua Tree National Park. On top, hike W from trailhead and go R @ first Y

SJP002

Location: 33.8124809265137, -116.644203186035

Grab day permit @ Long Valley ranger station. Turn R to continue on San Jacinto Trail

SJP003

Location: 33.8111114501953, -116.650703430176

Cross footbridge

SJP004

Location: 33.8025016784668, -116.658798217773

R @ Y toward Round Valley Campground

SJP005

Location: 33.8036003112793, -116.664001464844

L @ T into subalpine forest

SJP006

Location: 33.7991600036621, -116.674301147461

Reach Wellman's Divide and begin steep ridgeline traverse with expansive views NE over the craggy folds of the San Jacinto Wilderness

SJP007

Location: 33.8085441589356, -116.675476074219

L @ Y heading toward Miller Peak, then slingshot S toward San Jacinto

SJP008

Location: 33.8119697570801, -116.679298400879

R @ Y for final summit push

SJP009

Location: 33.8147315979004, -116.679397583008

Weathered granite cone of San Jacinto Peak (10,804 ft.), highest point in its namesake range; sweeping vistas of desert floor of Coachella Valley and San Gorgonio peak (highest point in SoCal). Return to tram station.