San Jacinto Peak

San Jacinto Peak is the highest peak of the San Jacinto Mountains. It is one of the "Three Saints," the highpoints of the three tallest mountain ranges in Southern California: San Jacinto Peak, Mount San Gorgonio (high point of the San Bernardino Mountains), and Mount San Antonio (high point of the San Gabriel Mountains). San Jacinto Peak is one of the most topographically prominent peaks in the US, ranked 6th among peaks in the 48 contiguous states. To the east, the peak towers over the city of Palm Springs; to the west, it borders the mountain community of Idyllwild. The steep escarpment of its north face climbs over 10,000 feet in 7 miles, one of the largest gains in elevation over such a small horizontal distance in the contiguous US. The most popular route starts with a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from Valley Station at 2,643 feet near Palm Springs up to Mountain Station at 8,516 feet. Another route is hike the Marion Mountain Trail from the nearby mountain town of Idyllwild. The Cactus to Clouds trail involves an arduous climbs of over 10,000 feet from the Palm Springs Art Museum to the summit. Mountaineers tackle the mountain's steep north face from the town of Snow Creek. This route is a challenging mountaineering route that gains nearly 10,000 feet in less than 7 miles and involves hiking over rough terrain, climbing or scrambling on steep rock and long, sustained snow climbing with crampons and ice axe.

San Jacinto Peak SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by scott

184 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Feb 9, 2015. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Palm Springs Tram/Long Valley>Round Valley>Wellmans Divide to the Peak!, Tram and Devil's Slide Trail.

Others who’ve summited San Jacinto Peak

  • Sunday
  • derekorme
  • modernhiker
  • niko180
  • tkiefer
  • hikerwiz
  • DigitalMike
  • cverner
  • lidarobinson
  • foxtail
  • FrankWorsley
  • hansuecker
  • RunningWolf
  • KK
  • Kevin
  • markahuntley
  • brian
  • paulwinkel11
  • christineisrael
  • P47JB
  • FlagMan
  • telemarkdude
  • earthculturemusic

Routes Used trails & approaches

17% Palm Springs Tram/Long Valley>Round Valley>Wellmans Divide to the Peak!

15% Tram

8% Devil's Slide Trail

8% Humber Park ->Devil's Slide -> Saddle Junction -> PCT ->Wellman's Divide -> San Jacinto Peak

7% Marion Mountain Trail

5% Cactus to Clouds

5% Devils Slide

4% Summit-Round Valley-Tram

3% from Idyllwild

3% Tram-Wellman Divide-Devils Slide-PCT-Deer Springs-Summit-

3% Same route down

3% Deer springs trail

2% Sid Davis-Miller Saddle Winter Route

2% Marion Mountain trail

1% Marion Mountain Trail to Deer Springs Trail

1% Snow Creek-Fuller Ridge PCT/Deer Springs Trail

1% Marion Mountain trailhead

0% Devil's Silde trail

0% Tram-Cornell-Round Valley-Peak

0% Folly-Drury-Marion-Jean-Round Valley-Tram

0% snow creek summit

0% Snow Creek

0% Traverse to Jean Peak

0% Folly Peak back to Wellmans Divide to Round Valley the Peak!

0% Cross-Country Snow Traverse from Jean Peak

0% Cross-Country Snowshoe to Long Valley

0% Traverse to Miller Peak


  • b2squared b2squared
    commented on Jun 21, 2011
    I'll be giving this a go on July 8, the day before my 53rd birthday. I hiked to Tahquitz Peak, 8800' a few weeks ago. Beautiful. I hiked from Humber Park to Saddle Pack Junction July 2010. Mild weather. Gorgeous.

SNAPSHOTedit info


10,834 ft / 3,302 m


8,284 ft / 2,525 m

Height Rank Range

San Jacinto Mountains


California, United States

Summited by

see all
  • eskimoto
  • 100peaks
  • scott
  • gina-suuperg-stark
  • foxy40
  • pvgjosh42
  • Sunday
  • nmontelli
  • df234afsef1245r
  • derekorme
  • makingwaves
  • JeffHester

3d Fly AroundShow Bigger »

Nearest peaks see on map »