Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains

The Santa Rosa mountain range extends along the western side of the Coachella Valley and connects to the San Jacinto Mountains. Together considered the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, covering about 425 square miles of space offering ample outdoor activities. Go hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more in the area. A segment of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail extends along the length of the ranges.

San Jacinto Peak is the highest point of the mountain range at 10,804 feet.

San Jacinto Mountains

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountain Activities

Want to take in all the views of the mountain range? You can take the leisurely way via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which lets you take in all the sites along the way. You’ll arrive at 6,873 feet to the Mountain Station. Stay here, or if you’re seeking a challenge you can hike the rest of the way up. This hard 11-mile trail features 2,620 feet of elevation.

These rugged mountains are a beautiful combination of high alpine and desert landscapes.

If you’re into hiking, there are many trails in Mount Jacinto State Park for all levels. If you’re looking for a challenge, hike the San Jacinto Peak, enjoy a moderate hike along Willow Creek, or go for an easy walk along the Desert View Trail.

Plan Your Outdoor Adventure in Palm Desert

Camping is great, but coming back to your cozy and luxurious Palm Desert vacation rental is even better. Plan your stay at Shadow Mountain Resort and you’ll love coming back to the on-site amenities after a day in the great outdoors.