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Long Valley Discovery Loop
  • Mountain Station
  • Palm Springs, CA 92262

With more than 50 miles of hiking trails, Mount San Jacinto State Park is the perfect starting point for discovering Greater Palm Springs’ diverse wildlife and landscape. The Long Valley Discovery Loop, also known as the Discover Nature Trail, is an easy 1-mile loop path that introduces hikers not only to the breathtaking natural beauty of the oasis but also the park’s plants and animals. Departing from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Mountain Station, perched more than 8,000 feet up in the San Jacinto Mountains, the trail envelops hikers in birdsong and woodlands, with the seasonal Long Valley Creek flowing nearby and, depending on the time of year, vibrant wildflowers in full bloom. With restrooms and picnic tables nearby, many visitors pack their own picnic lunch and linger a bit before or after their hike. To access the trail, which is closed Sept. 1–30, park in the paved lot below at the Valley Station and pay the fare to ride the tram more than 8,000 feet up to the top — an experience in and of itself. From there, you’ll exit the Mountain Station via the winding concrete ramp and turn left, continuing on until you see signs for the trailhead.

Total Distance: 1 mile
Level: Easy

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 1
  • Distance (km): 1.6
  • Difficulty Score: 13
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 8516
  • Elevation Gain (+): 279
  • Elevation Loss (-): 323
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 279
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 85
  • Minimum Elevation: 8420
  • Maximum Elevation: 8516
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 96
  • Parking Type: Paved lot
  • Location: San Jacinto Mountains
  • Sub-Location: Mount San Jacinto State Park/Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
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  • 1 - 5 Miles:
Trail Length
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