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Areas in San Jacinto Mountains

Backcountry Bouldering 8 / 0 / 1 / 45 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 53
Black Mountain 0 / 0 / 0 / 193 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 193
Cabazon Canyon 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Dry Falls 5 / 10 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Garner Valley 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Humber Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Idyllwild County Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 57 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 57
Mt. San Jacinto 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1
South Ridge Boulders 0 / 1 / 1 / 46 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 47
Tramway, The 1 / 0 / 1 / 461 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 462

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at San Jacinto Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4 PG13
 47
Emerald City
Boulder
V1 5
 69
Hueco Shuffle
Boulder
V1 5 R
 32
Once Upon A Time
Boulder
V1-2 5 R
 30
Big Greeny
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 56
Pink Crack
Boulder
V2-3 5+ PG13
 34
White Flight
Boulder
V3 6A
 66
Frank's Roof
Boulder
V4 6B
 34
Standing on the Head of the Dragon
Boulder
V4 6B
 46
OK Problem
Boulder
V4 6B
 40
Sunshine Daydream (aka Yo Picasso)
Boulder
V5 6C
 46
Dancing Queen (aka The Cube)
Boulder
V5 6C
 48
Green Hornet
Boulder
V6 7A
 48
Center Visor
Boulder
V7 7A+
 48
Swing Dance
Boulder
V7 7A+
 31
Tour de France (aka Firewall)
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Emerald City Tramway > … > W Rim > Emerald City
 47
V0 4 PG13 Boulder
Hueco Shuffle Tramway > … > Dance Floor > Hueco Boulder
 69
V1 5 Boulder
Once Upon A Time Black Mtn > … > Once Upon A Tim… > Once Upon A Time Boulder
 32
V1 5 R Boulder
Big Greeny Black Mtn > … > S Basin > Big Greeny Boulder
 30
V1-2 5 R Boulder
Pink Crack Black Mtn > … > Central Basin > Pink Boulder
 56
V2-3 5+ Boulder
White Flight Tramway > Conquest Ridge > White Flight Boulder
 34
V2-3 5+ PG13 Boulder
Frank's Roof Tramway > Trailside Boulders > Frank's Boulder
 66
V3 6A Boulder
Standing on the Head of the… Tramway > Conquest Ridge > Dragon's Head
 34
V4 6B Boulder
OK Problem Black Mtn > … > Rdside Corral > H Boulder (aka Reed's…
 46
V4 6B Boulder
Sunshine Daydream (aka Yo P… Tramway > Area 51/Deer Ca… > Yo Picasso (aka Sunsh…
 40
V4 6B Boulder
Dancing Queen (aka The Cube) Tramway > … > Shangri-La > Abba Boulder (aka The…
 46
V5 6C Boulder
Green Hornet Tramway > Trailside Boulders > Mandala of Tram
 48
V5 6C Boulder
Center Visor Black Mtn > … > NRA > Visor Boulder
 48
V6 7A Boulder
Swing Dance Tramway > … > Dance Floor > Swing Dance Boulder
 48
V7 7A+ Boulder
Tour de France (aka Firewall) Black Mtn > Boulder Basin > Tour De France Area
 31
V7 7A+ Boulder
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Carl Stevens
Clearlake, California
Carl Stevens   Clearlake, California
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 Nov 3, 2014
RER
Southern California
RER   Southern California
Driving through Anza to Garner Valley I caught a glimpse of Cahuilla Mountain. I am curious, has anyone climbed this? Apr 28, 2017
Robin like the bird
mountain center ,CA
Robin like the bird   mountain center ,CA
im sure people have been out there, but have not actually talk to any one who has. pretty shwacky to get out to the base of the cliffs. you should get some, there is FA to be had. May 30, 2017

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