“The mountain makes Palm Springs … well, Palm Springs.

It protects the Coachella Valley from coastal dampness, fog and westerly winds. It’s a natural barrier between climates unlike any other in the United States.

Mount San Jacinto, at 10,834 feet, is not close to being California’s highest peak. It’s not even the highest peak nearby; San Gorgonio Mountain, to the immediate north across the pass, is a bit higher at 11,499 feet—but “Old Grayback” is not nearly as imposing, as its rounded summit almost gets lost among the southern San Bernardino Mountains…”

Mount San Jacinto

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