Eric and I spent a lovely afternoon during our Palm Springs honeymoon exploring the nearby Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Located at the peak of Southern California’s second-highest mountain range, the park is over ten thousand feet above sea level. As you can imagine, it offered some stunning views.
We accessed the park via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tramcar. I’m not going to lie, the six thousand foot climb up the steep mountain face was equal parts terrifying and thrilling. The terrifying part was not helped by Eric’s comment a few minutes in to the ride: “I sure wouldn’t want to be on this during an earthquake.” Of course, at that point we were already swaying high above the rocky crags and there was no turning back.
Once we arrived at the peak in one piece, a plethora of activities awaited us. We spent a few minutes walking through the three-story Mountain Station before embarking on a hike along the Desert View Trail. The trail offered many spectacular views of the valley below. We spent several hours exploring and taking many photos.
Before returning to the valley floor, we grabbed sandwiches at the Mountain Station deli and watched the tramcars come and go. The return ride seemed much smoother; perhaps gravity was on our side.