to Clouds - Palm Springs to Mt.San Jacinto Peak
This Cactus to Clouds hike, to
San Jacinto Peak at almost 11,000 feet in elevation, affords
an interesting challenge for the extreme day hiker, going
from the Palm Springs desert floor to one of the tallest
mountain peaks in southern California! Are there any
other places one can hike over 10,000 feet up in a continuous
one day hike? It's 16 miles up and 6 miles down to
a tram, a welcome return trip to the bottom.
The environmental factors can
be immense: Distance, vertical feet, heat, cold, heavy
load of water, high altitude effects, and scrambling over
parts of an unclear trail. And during winter snow is possible.
This Utube video describes Cactus to Clouds perfectly.
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