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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 / 188 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 188
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 / 45 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 46
Tramway, The 1 / 0 / 1 / 460 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 461

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
Emerald City
Boulder
V1 5
Hueco Shuffle
Boulder
V1 5 R
Once Upon A Time
Boulder
V1-2 5 R
Big Greeny
Boulder
V2-3 5+
Pink Crack
Boulder
V3- 6A PG13
White Flight
Boulder
V3 6A
Frank's Roof
Boulder
V4 6B
Standing on the Head of the Dragon
Boulder
V4 6B
OK Problem
Boulder
V4 6B
Sunshine Daydream (aka Yo Picasso)
Boulder
V5 6C
Dancing Queen (aka The Cube)
Boulder
V5 6C
Green Hornet
Boulder
V6 7A
Center Visor
Boulder
V7 7A+
Swing Dance
Boulder
V7 7A+
Tour de France (aka Firewall)
Boulder
Emerald City Tramway > … > W Rim > Emerald City V0 4 PG13 Boulder
Hueco Shuffle Tramway > … > Dance Floor > Hueco Boulder V1 5 Boulder
Once Upon A Time Black Mtn > … > Once Upon A Time… > Once Upon A Time Boulder V1 5 R Boulder
Big Greeny Black Mtn > … > S Basin > Big Greeny Boulder V1-2 5 R Boulder
Pink Crack Black Mtn > … > Central Basin > Pink Boulder V2-3 5+ Boulder
White Flight Tramway > Conquest Ridge > White Flight Boulder V3- 6A PG13 Boulder
Frank's Roof Tramway > Trailside Boulders > Frank's Boulder V3 6A Boulder
Standing on the Head of the… Tramway > Conquest Ridge > Dragon's Head V4 6B Boulder
OK Problem Black Mtn > … > Rdside Corral > H Boulder (aka Reed's Boulder) V4 6B Boulder
Sunshine Daydream (aka Yo P… Tramway > Area 51/Deer Canyon > Yo Picasso (aka Sunshine Daydrea… V4 6B Boulder
Dancing Queen (aka The Cube) Tramway > … > Shangri-La > Abba Boulder (aka The Cube) V5 6C Boulder
Green Hornet Tramway > Trailside Boulders > Mandala of Tram V5 6C Boulder
Center Visor Black Mtn > … > NRA > Visor Boulder V6 7A Boulder
Swing Dance Tramway > … > Dance Floor > Swing Dance Boulder V7 7A+ Boulder
Tour de France (aka Firewall) Black Mtn > Boulder Basin > Tour De France Area V7 7A+ Boulder
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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
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
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

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