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The Tramway Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 33.81302, -116.63843 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Obi on Jul 9, 2007  with updates from vcli
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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 on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway website hiking page.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.4 miles from here

389 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',20],['3 Stars',88],['2 Stars',163],['1 Star',112],['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',84],['V2-3',158],['V4-5',85],['V6-7',43],['V8-9',13],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',5],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Tramway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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
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
Illuminatrix   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 13'   The Beach : Conspiracy Boulder
Standing on the Head of the Dragon   V4 6B     Boulder, 30'   Conquest Ridge : Dragon's Head
Sunshine Daydream (aka Yo Picasso)   V4 6B     Boulder, 16'   Area 51/Deer Canyon : Yo Picasso (aka Sunshine Da...
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
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
Steep Sharma Arete   V9-10 7C+     Boulder, 12'   The Beach : Sharma Boulder
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in The Tramway

Featured Route For The Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Addison on Crack-o-Pop

Crack-O-Pop V5 6C  CA : San Jacinto Mountains : ... : Iceberg 1
SDS at a low flat rail and work sloping ledges with minimal feet to progressively easier moves the higher you get. Creative footwork and body tension are helpful on this one. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Tramway Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the locals, Tramway
One of the locals, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Cable display, Tramway
Cable display, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea), Tramway
Snow Plant (Sarcodes sanguinea), Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Tram granite
Tram granite
Rock Climbing Photo: Going for the crux move on "Green Hornet"...
Going for the crux move on "Green Hornet"...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just after sunset at Mountain Station, Tramway
Just after sunset at Mountain Station, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Mountain Station plaque, Tramway
Mountain Station plaque, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Valley Station, Tramway
Valley Station, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Valley Station plaque, Tramway
Valley Station plaque, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Coffman's Crag at the upper left hand corner.  One...
Coffman's Crag at the upper left hand corner. One...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tram shadow, Tramway
Tram shadow, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Valley Station plaque, Tramway
Valley Station plaque, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: California Ground Squirrel at Mountain Station, Tr...
California Ground Squirrel at Mountain Station, Tr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tram going up from the second tower, taken from Ch...
Tram going up from the second tower, taken from Ch...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hiking around the top of the Tramway, April '08.  ...
Hiking around the top of the Tramway, April '08. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: As you go up the tram, you will pass multiple 500-...
As you go up the tram, you will pass multiple 500-...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mountain Station (elevation 8516'/2596 m), Tramway
Mountain Station (elevation 8516'/2596 m), Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Mountain scenery, Tramway
Mountain scenery, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Night view from Mountain Station, Tramway
Night view from Mountain Station, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: Cable display, Tramway
Cable display, Tramway
Rock Climbing Photo: This sign marks the start of the road to Valley St...
This sign marks the start of the road to Valley St...
Rock Climbing Photo: Windfarms and Desert Hot Springs from above, Tramw...
Windfarms and Desert Hot Springs from above, Tramw...
Rock Climbing Photo: Coffman's Crag at the upper right hand corner, fro...
Coffman's Crag at the upper right hand corner, fro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Early morning tram, taken from Chino Ridge.
Early morning tram, taken from Chino Ridge.

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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.
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.

By Brad Alexander
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Aug 17, 2015
Fun V3 on the way to Emerald


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