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Mt San Jacinto Natural History Association

Mt San Jacinto Natural History Association The Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association (NHA) that promotes the educational and interpretive

Visitor Center, Mountain Station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Phone: 760-323-3107

Operating as usual

FYI, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will be  closed from Monday, September 12th until October 9th, opening on Monday, O...
09/13/2022
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FYI, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will be closed from Monday, September 12th until October 9th, opening on Monday, October 10th. This is subject to change, so check out their website before adventuring up and finding that they are closed.
https://pstramway.com/

Welcome! The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram...

08/10/2022

PALM SPRINGS, CA (August 9, 2022) Due to extended clean-up efforts after Monday’s flash flood event, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will remain closed through Sunday, August 14, 2022.

According to Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols, “After completing a thorough inspection earlier today, we realized that it would take additional days for the mud and debris to be fully removed from our equipment and dock area. We sincerely regret the inconvenience this is causing our visitors and appreciate their understanding.”

Planning summer trip to Mt San Jacinto State Park.
08/08/2022

Planning summer trip to Mt San Jacinto State Park.

Mt. San Jacinto Park Aides and Wilderness Patroller volunteers removed the final remaining trees blocking the the Willow...
08/07/2022

Mt. San Jacinto Park Aides and Wilderness Patroller volunteers removed the final remaining trees blocking the the Willow Creek trial. In the following weeks, before the tram shuts down for their annual maintenance, staff intend to clip back the buckthorn bushes that are encroaching on the trail. Some places are nearly unpassable. On Saturday, staff performed 13-cuts on various trees to remove six trees that were blocking the trail. below are photos of some of the tree that were blocking the trail.

Photos from Mt San Jacinto Natural History Association's post
06/13/2022

Photos from Mt San Jacinto Natural History Association's post

05/10/2022

An upcoming Eagle Scout rank project will be conducted to install seven 4"x4" post to mark the trace trails leading to the campsites in Tamarack Campground. The project is scheduled for June 11, 2022. After the project has been completed, photos will be added to the page.
There are already nine-trace trail posts in Round Valley. These trace trail posts help guest find the trail at night with the yellow reflectors on the posts. Campground maps will be updated when the post have been installed.

Ranger Her is seen clearing ice and debris from a fallen White Fir tree that was covering the trail. A lot of State Park...
05/09/2022

Ranger Her is seen clearing ice and debris from a fallen White Fir tree that was covering the trail. A lot of State Park staff and volunteers were out on various trails on Saturday clearing the trails of debris from fallen trees. Much work is scheduled in the coming weeks to rid the trails of fallen trees. This one may need the use of a chain saw, as it is quite large.

This is a photo taken on the Peak Trail at 10:17 p.m. on Saturday during a litter carryout of a patient that started ear...
05/09/2022

This is a photo taken on the Peak Trail at 10:17 p.m. on Saturday during a litter carryout of a patient that started earlier around 8:00 pm from the Bolder Field, below the saddle between Mt. San Jacinto and Jean Peaks. The mountain rescue started around 1:00 pm with notification that there was an injured hiker about one-mile from the peak of Mt. San Jacinto. State Park Ranger Her, 3-Park Aids and two Wilderness Patrollers were dispatched from the Long Valley Ranger Station to aid in the rescue event. A litter and a wheel was retrieved at the Round Valley ranger station and pulled up the trail to the patient. A helicopter rescue attempt was called off due to high winds on the mountain. Crew members of Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit were called to assist in the medical treatment and for the carryout of the patient. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway personnel assisted in transporting members of both RMRU and later members of the Desert Search and Rescue team to assist in the carryout process. The rescue was completed at 4:00 am on Sunday morning with the patient being handed over to AMR for transporting to Desert Regional Hospital.

On March 12th, trail blazing efforts after recent snow on the mountain.
03/15/2022

On March 12th, trail blazing efforts after recent snow on the mountain.

More snow hit the Sate park requiring the blazing of the Round Valley Loop trail made up by the Willow Creek, High and t...
03/15/2022

More snow hit the Sate park requiring the blazing of the Round Valley Loop trail made up by the Willow Creek, High and the Low Trails. Photos taken on March 5th on the Willow and High trails. This day met with high winds blowing recent snow fall and later that day met with six inches of new snow.

Photos taking while blazing the trail in the snow after recent snow storm on February 23rd, photos taken on February 26t...
03/15/2022

Photos taking while blazing the trail in the snow after recent snow storm on February 23rd, photos taken on February 26th.

01/11/2022

The mountain has received snow and much of it is very icy. There's nearly 6" to 12" in the Long Valley area. Round Valley has nearly 18" of icy snow. No new snow is in the near weather forecasts.
State Park staff are diligently recommending micro-spikes for hiking in the back country trails. As for now, snow shoes are necessary, but call into the ranger station for updates on the weather and hiking conditions.

10/12/2021

The PS Tramway is now open to the public again after their annual maintenance shut down.

"Annual Passes" for its visitors are still on hold.

Park Aides and Wilderness Patroller volunteers are working on replacing the bridge that crosses the Long Valley stream o...
08/09/2021

Park Aides and Wilderness Patroller volunteers are working on replacing the bridge that crosses the Long Valley stream on the Willow Creek trail. New bridges rails are being prepped for use.

On May 29th, 2021, Ranger Her, one Park Aide and two Wilderness Patroller volunteers cleared a very large fallen white f...
08/09/2021

On May 29th, 2021, Ranger Her, one Park Aide and two Wilderness Patroller volunteers cleared a very large fallen white fir tree blocking the Willow Creek trail near the Divide Peak saddle.

State Park Aides and Wilderness Patroller Volunteers embarked on the Willow Creek Trail to clear trees and buckthorn bus...
08/09/2021

State Park Aides and Wilderness Patroller Volunteers embarked on the Willow Creek Trail to clear trees and buckthorn bushed blocking the trail. In the photos below, see the clearing of trees at the Willow Creek; before, during and after. This project required the use of a two-person saw, wedges, hatchet, bowsaw, loppers and hedges trimmers. Another clearing was done with only the use of bow saws.

Lecture: What Could Possibly Go Wrong!
05/05/2021
Lecture: What Could Possibly Go Wrong!

Lecture: What Could Possibly Go Wrong!

The Ten Essentials Getting In Touch With Nature Virtual Lecture Series Join us for the Getting In Touch With Nature Lecture Series sponsored by the Mount San Jacinto Natural History Association. These

Follow up on the trail clearing on the Low Trail. Snow has finally melted to allow for the tree to be cut.
05/05/2021

Follow up on the trail clearing on the Low Trail. Snow has finally melted to allow for the tree to be cut.

05/05/2021

Trail work on the Low Trail.

Don't miss this from the California Chaparral Institue
04/13/2021
REMINDER! DON'T MISS THIS FROM THE CHAPARRAL INSTITUTE

Don't miss this from the California Chaparral Institue

NATURE IS WILD, PEOPLE ARE HUMAN REMINDER This is a reminder that lecture NATURE IS WILD, PEOPLE ARE HUMAN; HENCE THE CONFLICT AND THE HOPE Begins Tuesday April 13 at 6:00 p.m. If you haven't yet regi

Don't miss this dynamic lecture by Richard Halsey of the California Chaparral Institute: Nature is Wild, People are Huma...
04/12/2021
Nature is Wild, People are Human, Hence the Conflict and the Hope

Don't miss this dynamic lecture by Richard Halsey of the California Chaparral Institute: Nature is Wild, People are Human, Hence the Conflict and the Hope

Presentation from the Chaparral Institute Getting In Touch With Nature Virtual Lecture Series Join us for the Getting In Touch With Nature Lecture Series sponsored by the Mount San Jacinto Natural His

04/12/2021

With the recent reduction of COVID cases, the State has moved us into a lesser tier level. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is preparing to increase the amount of people traveling from the current limitation of 18-guest to 30. Check their website for more information.

Side note, there's still plenty of snow on the Low Trail to Wellmans Divide. Micro-spikes are highly recommended.

Before that last three snow storms, volunteer staff members from the Wilderness Patroller team clear limbs from a fallen...
04/12/2021

Before that last three snow storms, volunteer staff members from the Wilderness Patroller team clear limbs from a fallen tree to allow for ease of passage until the tree trunk can be sawed and removed. Still waiting for the snow to melt to allow for the work and final clearing of the tree trunk can be accomplished.

Tree removal on the State Park requires staff to carry a two-person saw, sledge hammer and wedges to the fallen tree site to cut the tree in multiple places to slide the removed trunk away from the actual trail. Chain saws are not allowed to be used for clearing the trail.

07/18/2019

On Saturday RMRU was once again focused on sharpening their skills with training on technical rock rescue. We watched the sun both come up and down during this long but excellent day of training in the high country of the San Jacinto mountains.

07/18/2019

Photos and post will begin appearing shortly. The photographer has been out of commission since February due a knee injury.

03/29/2019

Good News!! The PS Tramway will be opening back up for public operations on Monday, April 1st. First tram car up at 10:00 am!! 🙂🙂

03/11/2019
Tramway storm damage

No photos have been posted of the blessed scenery on the mountain with all of the snow accumulation received in the recent storms.

However, due to the rains received on February 14th, the tram has been closed. There was damage to both the road and the valley tram building. See the enclosed video to see some of the flash flooding flows received at the valley tram station.

The expected tram opening is posted as April 1st.

Photos taken on February 4th, 2019 during a snowstorm.
02/05/2019

Photos taken on February 4th, 2019 during a snowstorm.

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92262

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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(760) 323-3107

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I love the solitude and silence of a snow covered Long Valley, Mt. San Jacinto State Park.
Willow Creek Trail is officially open!!!

California State Parks and the United States Forest Service (USFS) are happy to announce the reopening of the Willow Creek Trail located within the San Bernardino National Forest and Mount San Jacinto State Park. The Willow Creek Trail was closed due to damage caused by the Mountain Fire in July of 2013. The Willow Creek Trail is a main trail that connects the town of Idyllwild to Long Valley within Mount San Jacinto State Park. This trail is popular amongst hikers who want to “through hike” from Idyllwild to the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway or vice versa. With the dedication and hard work of both Parks and Forest Service staff and volunteers, the trail has been cleared and is now safe to travel upon.

Hikers traveling on any trail within the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness must have a day use or overnight hiking permit in their possession at all times. Day use permits are free and can be picked up at the Long Valley Ranger Station and Idyllwild/Stone Creek Campgrounds. California State Parks also accepts day use hiking permits issued by the USFS. California State Parks overnight hiking permits cost $5.00 per person and can be obtained at the Idyllwild Campground office up to 2 months in advance. If there is availability at the wilderness campsites, overnight camping permits can be purchased at both Idyllwild Campground office and the Long Valley Ranger Station. All camping within the State Wilderness must be done within one of the 4 campgrounds. Campfires are NEVER allowed in the wilderness.

California State Parks and the United States Forest Service would like to remind hikers to have proper hiking equipment, appropriate clothing for conditions, a well thought out plan, and to stay on the trail. And please remember to pack out all of your trash.
A big Thank you to the staff at Mt San Jacinto and the rangers at long valley station. My Girl Scout put her JR badge on her vest but it had fallen off🙁 she was able to talk to the ranger station and not only get a replacement (which now hangs in her room, but a little note from Ranger JD) and a little something extra. Thanks again. You made a little girl and this mom very happy. Now she's even MORE motivated to get out and see more parks❤️🌲🐿🌵
This is my little one getting sworn in. what a great staff! Friendly Rangers. She was so proud to show it off on her girls scout vest and it fell off. I was wondering if there is any way to get a replacement badge? we are not local and are really bummed that this happened. I tried calling and messaging but no one has gotten back to me. It would mean the world to her.
Hiking in the snow in a windy day.
The sun is block by the tree on a hill near the trail junction of the RV Loop near Round Valley. The back country area received nearly +16" of snow on the weekend of Thanksgiving.
Cornell Peak in the background as framed in by snow covered trees and boulders in the foreground as taken from the High Trail between Round Valley and the Willow Creek Crossing trail junction. The back country area received +16" of snow on the weekend following Thanksgiving.
Rose sage peaks above the Chinquapin push on the way up to Harvard peak.

Chrysolepis is a small genus in the beech family Fagaceae, endemic to the western United States. Its two species have the common name chinquapin. The genus occurs from western Washington south to the Transverse Ranges in Southern California, and east into Nevada.
This once was the trail to Round Valley. The trail was on the west side of the stream, much earlier that it is now.
I saw a grey fox last night (7:25 p.m.) while hiking on the Willow Creek trail at the Mt. San Jacinto State Park.
A group of snow plants. These aren't normally seen in groups like this photos illustrates.
Sarcodes is a monotypic genus of a single springtime flowering plant in the heath family (Ericaceae) containing the single species Sarcodes sanguinea, commonly called the snow plant or snow flower. It is a parasitic plant that derives sustenance and nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi that attach to roots of trees. Lacking chlorophyll, it is unable to photosynthesize.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcodes
for more information.
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