Hiking Trails

Skyline Trail closed due to dangerous ice conditions after multiple rescues

The California Department of Parks and Recreation has closed the Skyline Trail near the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway due to dangerous ice conditions.

The Skyline Road will be closed from the 5,800 foot park boundary to the top of the road where it intersects the Desert View Trail.

Officials said any hikers planning to do the Cactus to Clouds hike should postpone it until further notice.

It comes after several rescues over the past two days at the track.

On Thursday, a state park ranger fell 100 feet into a ravine while trying to rescue stranded hikers on Skyline Trail near the Palm Springs light rail. Hikers and another national park ranger found themselves stranded on the trail for several hours due to freezing conditions.

The hikers and ranger were eventually shot. The ranger who fell was slightly injured.

On Saturday, rescue crews were back on that same trail to rescue three more hikers who became trapped on the trail due to snow and ice conditions.

Hiking in icy and wintery conditions can be very dangerous

Mount San Jacinto Chief Ranger Mike Dippel spoke to News Channel 3’s Marian Bouchot on Saturday to share tips for people preparing to hike the local mountain trails.