San Jacinto State Park, Palm Springs
No permit is required since your already a guest of the Aerial Tramway. They are several trails here you can enjoy. We did the first trail and I did that in flip flops, don’t recommend it, but I survived:)
The first is Long Valley Discovery Trail, just follow the nature trail post around a ¾ mile (1.2 km) loop. This easy level trail provides an excellent introduction to the Parks plants and animals. No feeding the animals.
Desert View Trail: A 1.5 Mile (2 km) trail leads to a number of scenic overlooks and forest views. Short climbs, moderately strenuous.
PERMIT REQUIRED (FREE)
Wilderness Trails: A number of excellent opportunities for more challenging day kikes or camping are beyond Long Valley. Please check in at the Ranger Station for a Wilderness Permit, and to inquire about current conditions. SO SIGN IN PLEASE, this is so they know when and who for YOUR safety.
Recorded information: 760-325-1391
9:45 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m weekends and holidays. Cars depart at least every half hour. Last car.
The San Jacinto mountains border Palm Springs. Mount San Jacinto is one of the most accessible, although its a long way to the summit, whichever way you choose. We decided to ride the tram to 8,500 feet and the hike the remaining portion. For more information, feel free to browse my Mount San Jacinto page.
This state park is on a mountain overlooking Palm Springs. You can swim in the morning at PS and cross country ski here in the afternoon.