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The Tramway  


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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 33.8062, -116.6367 View Map  Incorrect?
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The view back down, Tramway

Remember to fill out a wilderness permit, even if climbing for the day! MORE INFO >>>

Description 

The Tramway - so named due to most climbers using the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to reach this bouldering area. The granite boulders here are scattered not too far from the Tramway station near the peak of Mt San Jacinto. The climbing style can be best described as "steep".

Primarily a summer destination to escape the Southern California summer heat, the primary downside to this area is the cost. As of 2013, the cost for using the Aerial Tramway to get to the boulders is $23.95 per adult for the day. Other passes are available. Visit their official website for more details.

Remember to fill out a wilderness permit, even if climbing for the day! Permits can be acquired at the ranger station on the way to the boulders from the upper Tramway station.

Getting There 

The following is from the Aerial Tramway website:

Traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 exit Highway 111 to Palm Springs, travel
8 miles to the first signal and turn right at Tramway Road. The Valley Station is located approximately 4 miles up Tramway Road.

Traveling from San Diego take Interstate 15 North to Interstate 215 North to
Highway 60 East to Interstate 10 East. Exit Highway 111 to Palm Springs.
Turn right on Tramway Road. The Valley Station is located approximately 4 miles
up Tramway Road.

Maps and directions are found here: pstramway.com/assorted/map-dir...


Climbing Season



Weather station 4.9 miles from here

369 Total Routes

['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',77],['2 Stars',156],['1 Star',110],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',81],['V2-3',145],['V4-5',83],['V6-7',42],['V8-9',12],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',5],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Tramway:
Emerald City   V0 4 PG13     Boulder, 20'   The West Rim : Emerald City
Ride the Lightning   V0+ 4+ R     Boulder, 30'   Undiscovered Country : Lightning Boulder
Hueco Shuffle    V1 5     Boulder, 13'   The Dance Floor : Hueco Boulder
Shades of the Oldschool   V2 5+ R     Boulder, 25'   Conquest Ridge : Green Tea Boulder
Frank's Roof   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Trailside Boulders : Frank's Boulder
White Flight   V3 6A PG13     Boulder, 20'   Conquest Ridge : White Flight Boulder
Feel's like a Virgin   V3-4 6A+ R     Boulder, 16'   Shangri-La : Boulder Cluster
Illuminatrix   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 13'   The Beach : Conspiracy Boulder
Humpin' the Walrus   V4 6B     Boulder   The Dance Floor : Walrus Boulder
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
Green Hornet   V5 6C     Boulder   Trailside Boulders : Mandala of Tram
Tri-Nitro-Toulumne   V5 6C PG13     Boulder, 20'   The West Rim : Emerald City
Dancing Queen (aka The Cube)   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Shangri-La : Abba Boulder (aka The Cube)
JCVD (Jean Claud Van Dam)   V6- 7A     Boulder, 16'   Undiscovered Country : JCVD (Jean Claud Van Dam) b...
Power Windows   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   The Alcove : Dead Tree Boulder
Blue Flame   V7 7A+     Boulder, 10'   The Beach : Blue Flame Boulder
Swing Dance   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   The Dance Floor : Swing Dance Boulder
Gluttony   V8 7B     Boulder, 14'   Trailside Boulders : Gluttony Boulder
Vanishing Point   V9 7C     Boulder, 16'   Long Valley : Vanishing Point Boulder
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Featured Route For The Tramway
I did not go all the way up (although I wanted to the wife would not allow it)

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 The Tramway Slideshow Add Photo
One of the locals, Tramway
One of the locals, Tramway
Cable display, Tramway
Cable display, Tramway
Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea), Tramway
Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea), Tramway
Tram granite
Tram granite
Going for the crux move on "Green Hornet" at Tram.
Going for the crux move on "Green Hornet"...
Just after sunset at Mountain Station, Tramway
Just after sunset at Mountain Station, Tramway
Valley Station plaque, Tramway
Valley Station plaque, Tramway
The views are spectacular. Your ears will pop quite a few times going up.
The views are spectacular. Your ears will pop quit...
As you go up the tram, you will pass multiple 500-700 foot solid granite cliffs. Very tempting. As you near the top this one comes into view. It is within walking distance of the Tram Station. Just don't slip...
As you go up the tram, you will pass multiple 500-...
Night view from Mountain Station, Tramway
Night view from Mountain Station, Tramway
Mountain Station (elevation 8516'/2596 m), Tramway
Mountain Station (elevation 8516'/2596 m), Tramway
Valley Station, Tramway
Valley Station, Tramway
Valley Station (elevation 2643'/806 m), Tramway
Valley Station (elevation 2643'/806 m), Tramway
Waiting for the next car down, Tramway
Waiting for the next car down, Tramway
Mountain Station plaque, Tramway
Mountain Station plaque, Tramway
High above it all, Palm Springs Tramway
High above it all, Palm Springs Tramway
Valley Station plaque, Tramway
Valley Station plaque, Tramway
Winter Wonderland, Tramway
Winter Wonderland, Tramway
Tram shadow, Tramway
Tram shadow, Tramway
Mountain scenery, Tramway
Mountain scenery, Tramway
California Ground Squirrel at Mountain Station, Tramway
California Ground Squirrel at Mountain Station, Tr...
Cable display, Tramway
Cable display, Tramway
Hiking around the top of the Tramway, April '08.  95F at the base, 65F at the top.
Hiking around the top of the Tramway, April '08. ...
Windfarms and Desert Hot Springs from above, Tramway
Windfarms and Desert Hot Springs from above, Tramw...

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By C Miller
Administrator
Jul 11, 2007
Selected topos of The Tramway are available in PDF form online at DrTopo.com.

A good map of the general area is found online at www.parks.ca.gov/pages/636/files/MtSanJacintoSPmap.pdf.

By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Aug 1, 2007
The above is an especially good map link for backpackers/hikers etc.
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jun 24, 2010
The hot temps listed above are from the valley floor where the tram starts?
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jan 16, 2012
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jun 10, 2012
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jun 13, 2012
Climber on Slot Machine

By RTM
Apr 27, 2013
Hey Smith, thanks for that update - Keep on 'em!!! Most new climbers there simply don't know how to act in the outdoors, its not that they don't care (mostly), they just need to be educated on climbing ethics and whats acceptable at Trammy!

I once ran into a dood there that thought it would be wrong to clean off ticks, acting like it was a disservice to boulderers, because they would need them to figure out how to climb the problems

- UUHHHGGGG!
By HunterCody
From: San Diego
Apr 30, 2014
By Brad Alexander
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Jun 10, 2014
Tramway day trip, 11 climbs in 6 minutes.