You have to go past the visitor centre and drive about 5 minutes up the road to get to the car parks for the tramway. This may seem obvious, but our sat nav didn't make this clear, and I wondered if we should have waited at the visitor centre to get picked up by a bus...
We booked online the day before and managed to get on a car 20 minutes before our allotted time which was handy!
If I am honest I didn't take in the views a huge amount on the way up. I am getting more scared of heights as I get older and this is a bit of a scary one, particularly when you go past the metal pylons, where the car lurches quite dramatically.
The mountain cafe etc is really old fashioned and looks like a ski lodge from the 70s. They could do with updating the whole cafe and the dishes they offer. For example we went up at 3pm and all that was available was pizza. Perhaps it is just because I am British, but I would have expected tea, coffee and various cakes available in the afternoon.
The views are super, and it is worth going up before the mountain casts a shadow all over the valley. Also get a UV filter for your camera if you don't already have one, as the mountains are pretty hazy from that height. The snow everywhere was a lovely touch particularly when we had been sunbathing at our rental property just 30 minutes previously!
We are not walkers, so we spent just over 40 minutes up the top of the mountain looking at the views and taking photos. We went to watch the movie (18 minutes) thinking it was all about how the made the tram, but it was just cheesy 70s style documentary of how great the wilderness was - UGH!!! We left after 10 minutes of it.
Do go if you have more than 4 days in Palm Springs, but actually I think the mountains look more beautiful from the valley floor!
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