I do not want to ride the tram.
I do not want to ride the tram.
There isn't really a reason to go to Mountain Station other than as a result of riding the tram... The only other way to get there is to hike in from Idyllwild area. See here: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=636
My boss is planning a company trip, and seems to think that there's a whole bunch of stuff up there to see, and I guess planning to have lunch there.
I don't want to be a party pooper, but I might have to excuse myself from all this, because I simply have a big fear of heights.
If there isn't anything up there, then that's even MORE reason for me to keep myself behind.
If you don't do well with heights, don't go on the tram.
Up top there are a couple of dining spots and quite a bit of hiking trails. It's really a beautiful spot with incredible views.
The views are great, and some hiking is available. But if you don't like heights, then the views won't do you any good.
However, I'd like to point out that a fear of heights won't necessarily be a factor here. I rode the tram with my aunt, who has a fear of heights, at the beginning of the month and she did perfectly well both directions. Obviously she doesn't have a super strong fear, but if you're just sort of scared, there's a chance you'll be fine.
I like views from heights, but I don't like to be teetering over them, on the brink of death.
I hate to be a party pooper, but I can't think of much worse than teetering over great heights, other than a hot air balloon, plane ride, or skydiving.
I'd rather you just shoot me in the head, and get it done quick.
The cars hold about 60 people. If you're in the center of the car you will be looking outward and not downward...just like standing 5 feet back from the windows of a high-rise with people in front of you. So you won't be on the edge of the abyss so to speak.
OTOH, if your fear is the tram car bumping and rocking a bit as it passes the towers, or the thought of the cable breaking, then you're best not going.
My mom is deathly afraid of heights. She did rode the tram just fine.
The tram is larger than you might think. She stood in middle and pretended to be on a subway..
If you do end up riding the tram, be prepared for a slight drop after it goes over each tower. That scares some people. The only other way to get to Mountain Station without taking the tram would involve a long drive plus a long hike. It sounds like you would be happiest just opting out of that event.
Take a Xanax and go, stand in the middle of the tram car, you won't be able to see down.....
just don't drink any alcohol
once you are up there...
I have a TERRIBLE fear of heights. If we are driving on a road on a cliff I have my foot pressed to the floorboard as if to control the brakes. And if there are no guard rails I break out in a cold sweat. I won't walk NEAR the railing of an observation deck. The Seattle Space Needle was not a fun experience. And don't talk to me about the outside elevators at the World's Fair tower in San Antonio. That I refused......
But, as mentioned, the tram is not just a flimsy little thing where you will be peering over the side. It is nothing like a ski lift which also scares me to death. More like a large elevator, with windows, except it doesn't go vertically but diagonally up the mountain.
If you stand in the middle, in the crowd, you will miss the views on the way up, but, except for a bump or two you won't be aware of the mountain. Up there is a substantial building with great views, and some lovely walking or hiking trails through the 'forest'. And lunch.
I was a little afraid to try it, but it was a piece of cake, really, once I got my head around it. As you probably know....you and I are slaves to an irrational fear. Maybe this will help. Once I was talking to a friend who is a therapist about this fear, and he paused for a long time and then said........."Are you going to jump or are you going to fall"?
I do hope you go for it. Get a significant other to hold your hand. :~)