The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway brings visitors two and a half miles to the summit of Mount San Jacinto, featuring incredible views of the Coachella Valley, and plenty of year-round activities. During the winter, the snow covered peak offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, family sledding and more. In the spring, summer and fall there are hiking trails to explore, along with a selection of campsites. Then there's the greatest allure of all - the cooler weather at the summit when it's hot, which led to the idea of Tramway.
A Brief History
When Francis F. Cocker, a highly respected engineer, peered up at the snowy peak of Mount San Jacinto in 1935, he pondered the possibility of creating "a ride" that brought visitors to a cooler place. It wasn't until 1961 that his notion started to become a reality. Over the course of nearly two years, five structural towers were created as helicopters toted steel blocks to the top. In the fall of 1963, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway was completed. Nowadays, it has become the most popular attraction in Palm Springs bringing thousands of visitors each year to the summit of Mount San Jacinto.
Visitors can experience a number of activities whether traveling with family, friends or that romantic someone. During the spring, summer and fall nearly 50 miles of hiking trails offer the perfect opportunity to explore the mountain and take in the sights. For those searching for a more leisurely stroll through the wilderness there are guided nature walks given by local volunteers. There are also six designated campsites with the closest one to the Aerial Tramway being Round Valley. During the winter, the kids are sure to enjoy sledding and a good 'ole fashioned snowball fight. Couples may embellish a snowshoeing adventure through the calm and quiet wintry wonderland.
The Pine's Café offers a sumptuous selection of salads, steaks and seafood with more of a casual atmosphere. They also offer a ride 'n dinner combo package. The Peaks Restaurant has more an upscale environment with choice California cuisines such as grilled sea bass, pan roasted chicken and California palm salad. For those looking for a few frosty beverages, the Lookout Lounge features a full bar and breathtaking mountain views.