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

Operating as usual

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.

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.

Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit
07/18/2019

Riverside Mountain Rescue Unit

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. #SAR #ThatOthersMayLive #RMRU

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
KESQ News Channel 3

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.

#WATCH - This is why the Palm Springs Tram is closed until at least April 1.

Full video, gallery, & details: https://bit.ly/2J10cPh

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

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

On Sunday, I got to venture into the backcountry and take some splendid photos on our way to the peak after yesterday's ...
01/14/2019

On Sunday, I got to venture into the backcountry and take some splendid photos on our way to the peak after yesterday's snow adventure.

The mountains really need this snow along with those that are in the forecast for the weekend of Jan. 12th!!
01/10/2019

The mountains really need this snow along with those that are in the forecast for the weekend of Jan. 12th!!

Happy Sunday, Just received 9" inches of fresh snow in Long Valley. Snow shoes are required and as of this posting none of the trails are broken.

Hiked on the trail for a portion of the hike, then went off trail for yet another spectacular view of the Coachella Vall...
12/27/2018

Hiked on the trail for a portion of the hike, then went off trail for yet another spectacular view of the Coachella Valley with the Salton Sea in the background.

Mt. San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness
12/27/2018

Mt. San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness

Well, our dreams of a white Christmas are coming true. So far about 2" inches have fallen and it's still coming down. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from the staff at Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

I went off trail to get these photo from the east side of Yale peak. December 16th, 2018.
12/23/2018

I went off trail to get these photo from the east side of Yale peak. December 16th, 2018.

Dec. 7, 2018 Snow after the storm
12/10/2018

Dec. 7, 2018 Snow after the storm

Photo taken by Shani Pynn of RMRU at Wellmans Divide on December 2nd.
12/03/2018

Photo taken by Shani Pynn of RMRU at Wellmans Divide on December 2nd.

On Saturday morning, I was met with a splendid sunrise and the smell of smoke. Pleasantries of the cooler weather. It wa...
10/15/2018

On Saturday morning, I was met with a splendid sunrise and the smell of smoke. Pleasantries of the cooler weather. It was later discovered that the smoke I smelled was not from the CCC camp, but from a tree, near Notch 2 of the Desert View trail, that was hit by lightening and was still smoldering.

State park staff man the fire and area prior to the Forestry firefighters showed up to extinguish the fire. On Sunday, two helicopter water drops were made over the smoldering tree.

The "Trace Trail" that lead to the campsites off of the main hiking trail are starting to get a face lift. New Trace Tra...
10/14/2018

The "Trace Trail" that lead to the campsites off of the main hiking trail are starting to get a face lift. New Trace Trail signs with Yellow reflector are being installed. The first three were installed this last Saturday. The sign are numbered R1 through R9 for Round Valley and eventually T1 through T9 at the Tamerack Campground area. The yellow reflector was added to assist campers at night and aid in differentiating the sign as a trace trial sign compared to a normal Trail sign post.

10/14/2018

New “Trace Trail” sign post

Address

Palm Springs, CA
92262

General information

The Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association (NHA) was established in May 1979, by a dedicated group of people interested in improving the educational and interpretive opportunities of those who visit Mount San Jacinto State Park.

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(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.