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Push It to San Jacinto Peak!

Peak Summited2020 Mount San Jacinto
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadThe tram
EncounteredFall foliage
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

So the tram is back running and you have to purchase tickets and parking before you go. Yes, they will check your parking and scan your tickets. You won’t be able to purchase anything onsite. Tram tickets are limited and go from 8 am to 6 pm. We only had about 10 people in the tram. They clean between as the tram go up and down every 20 minutes. You are given temperature checks before you walk in.

The ranger is there for filling out the permit at the station in a tent. You fill it out and they give you the talk about having enough water and getting back in time. You hold the permit and return the permit to the station when you are done so they know you finished the hike.

This is my 5th year doing this hike. Normally, it’s crowded, but this time, I saw maybe 10 people on the trail all day. It was a beautiful cool day with some sun. Most of the people I saw came from the other trails up like Deer Springs, Marion Mountain, etc. Also, they finished the trail they have been working on for the past couple of years around the campground. The water from the pipe in Round Valley was flowing. You still need to filter.

I started at 9 am and just made it back in time to get down the tram by 6 pm. Try to get on the earliest tram to make sure you get up to the peak and down. Everyone was gone by the time I got back to the tram. It was a great day and I love this hike. It was even more enjoyable that I had peace and quiet throughout this hike, which normally doesn’t happen.

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