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This monster day hike to the summit of the tallest peak in the lower 48 challenges hikers with high altitude (14,000+ feet), long distance (21 miles), big elevation change both up and down, and a competitive permit process!
This unique climb from the desert floor to the peak of Mt. San Jacinto offers the biggest elevation gain of any established trail in the US: nearly 11,000 feet! Thankfully for your poor quads, you can take a scenic tram on the way down.
This long out-and-back near the Big Sur coastline summits the tallest coastal mountain in the lower 48, offering dizzying views of the Pacific from just a few miles away in the chaparral and pines.