Hike begins: 5am
Approximate time: 12hours
Strenuous. Suitable for moderate and advance hikers.
What to bring: Appropriate hiking clothes and shoes, camel pack, sunscreen, and lunch.
Carpool Time & Location: 2:30am at Wal-mart located at 3382 Murphy Canyon Rd. San Diego, CA 92123
Carpool Directions: I-15, exit Aero Drive west, turn left / south at the first signal light onto Murphy Canyon Road south, then look for the Wal-Mart parking lot driveway on the right side just past the 1st stop sign, we'll be in the eastern most part of the Wal-Mart parking lot closest to Murphy Canyon Road & I-15 / furthest away from the Wal-Mart front doors.
Cactus to Clouds is ideal for experience hikers who are looking for a adventure. It is 10,500' of non-stop elevation gain and the longest continuous elevation gain hike in the U.S. on the desert floor at the Palm Springs Desert Museum. It climbs through 5 different eco zones to first the upper Aerial Tramway Station (10.5 miles & 8,000’ of elev. gain to get that far where you can bail out at that point if need be) and then on to San Jacinto Peak (10,834’) before dropping back down to the upper Aerial Tram Station again for the tram ride the rest of the way down to Palm Springs.