In the middle of the California desert, there is a hidden adventure. A secret hideaway that not only allows you to escape the heat and hike in the mountains, but gives you some incredible views of the Coachella Valley! I’m talking about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
Located in Palm Springs, at the base of Mt. San Jacinto, you will find the world’s largest rotating tram car. It will take you on a 10 minute ride up to the top of the mountain, to an elevation of 8,516 feet. Once at the top, there are restaurants, hiking trails, snow play (in the winter), and guided tours. You can get a permit and venture out into the 50 miles worth of hiking that is offered, or opt for a shorter route within the park. Either way, you are guaranteed to see some extraordinary views.
My husband and I took this journey on a warm winter day. We wanted to escape the heat of Orange County and spend some time in the snow. The snow boots that I wore were probably a bit much but they kept me warm!
We were blown away (and a little frightened) by the views from the tram. I was nervous about the rotating part of the tram car, but I hardly even noticed it. I was too mesmerized by the views!
At the top, we opted for a shorter hike within the park. We followed the signs and stuck to the trails that led us around to different viewpoints of the Coachella Valley. I can’t even begin to describe how incredible the views were and pictures hardly do it justice.
I would highly recommend checking out the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway if you’re in the area. Make sure to get there early though. We got there right after opening and were the second tram of the day. We basically had the trail to ourselves because most of the early birds took off for longer hikes! As we were leaving though, more and more people began to crowd into the lodge. It’s worth it to get up extra early!
Check out the photos below!