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Peak Above Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Mountain Station
I was recently in Palm Springs for a conference and decided to take a short taxi ride to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up through Chino Canyon to just below the peak of Mount San Jacinto in Mount San Jacinto State Park. The views from the Mountain Station are spectacular to say the least and I cannot think of a better way to spend some free time. The ride up the tramway, with its rotating floor, give you a 360 degree view of not only the canyon, but also of the Coachella Valley and the several cities that comprises it.
Once at the top of the tramway, there is a pathway for the casual stroller to take in the forests and valley views of the wilderness areas for a somewhat short distance. There are also some 54 miles of hiking trails as well as routes to the very peak of Mount San Jacinto, camping and a variety of seasonal outdoor activities.
Bring comfortable outdoor shoes and layer according to the weather. The temperature difference from the Valley Station to the Mountain Station (some 6000 or so feet difference in elevation) can be as much as 30 degrees F.
So the next time you are in Palm Springs, make sure the Tramway is on your list of things to see.