Plan a Visit to the San Jacinto Mountains
Located in Riverside County just east of LA, the San Jacinto Mountains are a sight to behold. This area is a major tourist attraction with the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Santa Rose and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Nestled between the San Bernardino Mountains and the Santa Rose Mountains, The San Jacinto Mountains stretch for about 30 miles with the highest point being San Jacinto Peak at 10,834 feet.
The Perfect Adventure for Every Personality
If you’re coming to this area, plan a day or two to enjoy the mountains properly. Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to reach the perfect place to stop for the afternoon or all day. The tram takes only ten minutes to reach Mountain Station, which is elevated at 8516 feet.
Once there, you can visit the natural history museum, see the views through the observation decks, and learn more about the area in two documentary theaters. Enjoy a meal at one of two restaurants and find a few souvenirs to take home from the gift shop. For the outdoor adventurer, bring your walking shoes to explore more than 50 miles of hiking trails.
Dining at the San Jacinto Mountains
You’ll want to visit Peaks Restaurant on this adventure. A magnificent menu awaits you from a culinary genius with fresh produce from the Coachella Valley along with fresh breads made at local bakeries. An extensive wine list accompanies the dinner menu. With mouth-watering entrees like Brick Chicken and Colorado Rack of Lamb, it’s the perfect place to end your day.
Pines Café is your second option for dining, which offers a cafeteria style experience. The Grab and Go menu is served all day and offers tasty sandwiches and soups along with fresh-baked pizza. The Ride and Dine menu starts at 4:30 pm and includes salad and entrees. While there are only four entrees, one is a vegetarian lasagna for a first-class vegetarian option. Meat lovers will enjoy Beef Burgundy, the Grilled Herb Roasted Chicken Breast or the ½ Rack St. Louis BBQ Pork Ribs.
For the outdoor adventurer, 50 miles of hiking trails sound like the perfect escape. All trails begin at the Mountain Station and lead to Long Valley. They vary in intensity and even included a guided nature walk for the beginner. Make your visit last longer with an overnight stay and camping in one of the six primitive campgrounds.
The mountains are just as exciting in the winter with plenty to keep you occupied. Enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing or try snow camping. At the top of the tramway, you’ll find a playground for kids where you can make snowballs and snow forts with some amazing views as your backdrop.
Special events are planned all year long with fun activities on Memorial Day Weekend, Independence Day and throughout the winter holiday season. On these special days, the first tram begins at 8AM.
If you’re in the area, plan an adventure on the San Jacinto Mountains. Spend a couple of hours, all day or even overnight at Soboba Casino Resort Hotel to experience the wild beauty.