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Indian Truck Trail
A 7-mile climb to the Main Divide, with a view of the ocean and Catalina at the junction! Near El Cerrito, California
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If you ride only one trail in the area, you gotta do this one. Near Big Bear Lake, California
Gray's Peak
The icing on the cake - an out and back climb with great views at the top and a fun descent. Near Big Bear Lake, California
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San Jacinto Mountains Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The San Jacinto Mountains are found nestled just south of Interstate 10, near the town of Palm Springs. Although these mountains have been known for many years to climbers due to its most popular destination, Tahquitz and Suicide (which are found elsewhere on this site), a variety of other areas are becoming discovered and frequented as gems in their own right.

The rock here is granite, with the friction ranging from smooth-nice-for-your-hands feel to grittier-tear-your-skin-apart quality.

Since the San Jacinto Mountains are mostly at 6000' or higher (Mt Jacinto itself is 10,670 feet), this area is mostly a Spring through Fall destination.

Some notable areas are Black Mountain and The Tramway bouldering stomping grounds.

Getting There 

Most climbing areas can be accessed using Interstate 10 and Highway 243.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.8 miles from here

758 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',54],['3 Stars',185],['2 Stars',275],['1 Star',200],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',3],['5.8',5],['5.9',1],['5.10',8],['5.11',8],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',163],['V2-3',323],['V4-5',139],['V6-7',69],['V8-9',24],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',15],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in San Jacinto Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for San Jacinto Mountains:
Emerald City   V0 4 PG13     Boulder, 20'   The West Rim : Emerald City
Ride the Lightning   V0+ 4+ R     Boulder, 30'   Undiscovered Country : Lightning Boulder
Once Upon A Time   V1 5 X     Boulder, 15'   Once Upon A Time Area : Once Upon A Time Boulder
Hueco Shuffle    V1 5     Boulder, 13'   The Dance Floor : Hueco Boulder
Big Greeny   V1-2 5 R     Boulder, 20'   South Basin : Big Greeny Boulder
Pink Crack   V2+ 5+     Boulder, 18'   Central Basin : Pink Boulder
White Flight   V3- 6A PG13     Boulder, 20'   Conquest Ridge : White Flight Boulder
Frank's Roof   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Trailside Boulders : Frank's Boulder
Tri-Nitro-Toulumne   V3 6A PG13     Boulder, 20'   The West Rim : Emerald City
Feel's like a Virgin   V3-4 6A+ R     Boulder, 16'   Shangri-La : Boulder Cluster
Sunshine Daydream (aka Yo Picasso)   V4 6B     Boulder, 16'   Area 51/Deer Canyon : Yo Picasso (aka Sunshine Da...
Standing on the Head of the Dragon   V4 6B     Boulder, 30'   Conquest Ridge : Dragon's Head
Illuminatrix   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 13'   The Beach : Conspiracy Boulder
Dancing Queen (aka The Cube)   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Shangri-La : Abba Boulder (aka The Cube)
Green Hornet   V5 6C     Boulder   Trailside Boulders : Mandala of Tram
Dan Osman ArĂȘte   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Broken Heart : Dan Osman Boulder
Tour de France (aka Firewall)   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Boulder Basin : Tour De France Area
Swing Dance   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   The Dance Floor : Swing Dance Boulder
Vanishing Point   V9 7C     Boulder, 16'   Long Valley : Vanishing Point Boulder
Snow Creek   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b AI1-2     Ice, Alpine, 10000'   Mt. San Jacinto
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Ride the Lightning V0+ 4+ CA : San Jacinto Mountains : ... : Lightning Boulder
The crux is at the midpoint where it flares out. Solid hand, finger, fist jams as you go up. This climb is just out of reach of bouldering, unless your really good/crazy, and a little to short to lead. I would top rope. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of San Jacinto Mountains Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Manzanita woman, South Ridge
Manzanita woman, South Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Lyra determined not to be a dead bug (photo by A. ...
Lyra determined not to be a dead bug (photo by A. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: South Ridge scenery
South Ridge scenery
Rock Climbing Photo: South Ridge granite detail
South Ridge granite detail
Rock Climbing Photo: Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountains
Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: Wild Rose (Rosa californica), San Jacinto Mountain...
Wild Rose (Rosa californica), San Jacinto Mountain...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. San Jacinto towering in the clouds. Photo by B...
Mt. San Jacinto towering in the clouds. Photo by B...
Rock Climbing Photo: San Jacinto Peak from the northwest
San Jacinto Peak from the northwest
Rock Climbing Photo: Bay Tree Spring, San Jacinto Mountains
Bay Tree Spring, San Jacinto Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall colors near Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountain...
Fall colors near Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountain...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kaufman Crag, San Jacinto Mountains
Kaufman Crag, San Jacinto Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall colors along Hwy 243, San Jacinto Mountains
Fall colors along Hwy 243, San Jacinto Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: The view into Garner Valley and beyond from South ...
The view into Garner Valley and beyond from South ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lara starting up the lip
Lara starting up the lip
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking southeast from South Ridge, Idyllwild
Looking southeast from South Ridge, Idyllwild
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. San Jacinto
Mt. San Jacinto
Rock Climbing Photo: One Hour Rock, San Jacinto Mountains
One Hour Rock, San Jacinto Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: Garner Valley, San Jacinto Mountains
Garner Valley, San Jacinto Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. San Jacinto from the I10 rest stop
Mt. San Jacinto from the I10 rest stop
Rock Climbing Photo: PCT trail sign on the north slope, Black Mountain
PCT trail sign on the north slope, Black Mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: Nomad Ventures, Idyllwild
Nomad Ventures, Idyllwild
Rock Climbing Photo: Lake Hemet from the flanks of Thomas Mountain, San...
Lake Hemet from the flanks of Thomas Mountain, San...
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from the Tram, San Jacinto Mtns
The view from the Tram, San Jacinto Mtns
Rock Climbing Photo: The Speed-of-Light Monument, Pine Cove
The Speed-of-Light Monument, Pine Cove

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By Carl Stevens
From: Clearlake, California
Nov 3, 2014
carl d. stevens, here. i believe i am still the only person who has climbed from caramba, down tahquitz canyon to the desert floor in palm springs.has anyone else?? not a climber just a die hard rock hopper.. took 3 days(22hrs.) to go 13 miles in this terrain. due to the canyon closure in 97', i might be the only one with the pics. advise on FB

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