Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Joshua Tree National Park 2017 - Day 8



I spent the last day in California riding the rotating Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs. It ascends nearly 2.5 miles to the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and wilderness. The floor of the tram rotates so you can see all views without moving. The ride starts at the Valley Station at 2,643 feet and ends at the Mountain Station at 8,516 feet. At the top you'll find a bar, a cafe, a gift shop and many lookout points for viewing. The Mountain Station is the entrance to the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. There is also a Natural Exhibit that features animals and plants native to Mt. San Jacinto State Park. I watched two films while at the Mountain Station; "Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness" shown in the San Jacinto Theater. And "Building A Dream" in the Santa Rosa Theater. Enjoy a few photos I took of my visit.


The tram ascends/descends along cables that
 are supported by 5 towers (aerial lift pylons).

Counterweight Pit - keeps cable tension
under exact tension at all times.


The entrance to the Mt. San Jacinto State Park
and Wilderness from the Mountain Station



On the ride down we had the fun tram op! See what a 
tram full of folks do when you put on some good tunes!