On our third day in Palm Desert, we drove with my dad and his girlfriend to experience the famous Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. My dad has taken my brother and sister up the tramway when they've visited, so now it was our turn!
I'm not a big fan of heights, but the tram car felt secure and even though we went up in elevation almost 6,000 feet (the Mountain Station's elevation is 8,516 feet), I did just fine. The view from the top was great, and we saw lots of wildlife. We also hiked down to the Mount San Jacinto State park and marveled at the height of the giant Lodgepole Pines found there. We finished the trip off with a bowl of chili at the Lookout Lounge. What a trip!
The 5,873 foot climb.
Looking down from a high, high tram car.
Made it to the top, where it was at least 30-degrees cooler than in the valley.
A little mountain squirrel.
When you get off the tram car, you can walk down to great trails in Mount San Jacinto State Park.
Walking down to the trails.
Giant Lodgepole Pines in the park!
What a cool experience that was. I'd love to take the trip again and go on a long mountain hike over one of their forest trails... I would have liked to have done it this time, but we'd done quite a bit of hiking already—as you can tell from my dirty & dusty shoes!
Palm Desert Road Trip 2013 Posts:
Joshua Tree National Park │ Indian Canyon │ Palm Springs Aerial Tramway │ The Living Desert │ The Valley of Fire │ Palm Desert Road Trip 2013 Video