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Round Valley Loop
  • Mountain Station
  • Palm Springs, CA 92262

Let the backdrop of the San Jacinto Mountains inspire you while taking the Round Valley Loop Trail, a moderate 4.5-mile jaunt through Mount San Jacinto State Park. Featuring thickets of oaks and pines and views of the picturesque Round Valley, as well as short climbs that can be somewhat strenuous for those not accustomed to the higher elevation, the trail gains approximately 1,367 feet in total and is great for hikers in search of a little exercise in the fresh alpine air. To access the trail, park at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Valley Station and pay the fare to ride the tram car to the top. From there, descend the winding concrete ramp behind the Mountain Station and turn right. You’ll need to pick up a free wilderness permit at the Long Valley Ranger Station — your last pit stop with restrooms and picnic tables — before heading out to the trailhead just to the left, which begins as a Y-intersection (you can begin your loop in either direction). The trail is open year-round except Sept. 1–30, and many hikers encounter wildlife while en route, so keep your camera handy in case any deer drop by.

Total Distance: 4.5 miles
Level: Moderate

Hiking Features
  • Distance (mi): 4.5
  • Distance (km): 7.2
  • Difficulty Score: 17
  • Route Type: Loop
  • Elevation at Trailhead: 8516
  • Elevation Gain (+): 1367
  • Elevation Loss (-): 1365
  • Net Elev +/- (ft): 1367
  • Net Elev +/- (m): 417
  • Minimum Elevation: 8420
  • Maximum Elevation: 9068
  • Elevation Change-lowest point to highest point ft: 648
  • 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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