Skyline Ridge Route (Cactus to Clouds)
The Skyline Ridge Route ("Cactus to Clouds") is a system of trails and routes which stretch from Palm Springs (470 feet) to San Jacinto Peak (10,834 feet) gaining 10,364 feet of elevation in 14.5 miles one way. The "trail" starts in a desert cactus and shrubbery ecosphere then becomes an unrecognized, non-system route (not marked, not maintained) at the Mount San Jacinto State Park boundary line (5,700 feet) among granite outcrops and conifers. This route is not defined and routinely causes hikers to become lost or distressed. It is strongly discouraged to attempt this hike without proper research and preparation. It is also strongly advised to avoid this hike between the months of June through September due to the amount of heat related rescues and fatalities that continue to occur, and seemingly increase, as popularity of this route grows.
A trailhead located at the Long Valley Ranger station (8,415 feet) will lead hikers on a recognized, maintained system trail to San Jacinto Peak in a sub-alpine coniferous forest. This can be located by travelling the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway from Palm Springs, CA to the Mountain Station within Mount San Jacinto State Park.