Elevation: 8,500 ft
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Shared By: Obi on Jul 9, 2007 with updates from vcli and 1 other
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Access Issue: Remember to fill out a wilderness permit, even if climbing for the day! Details

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 2018, the cost for using the Aerial Tramway to get to the boulders is $25.95 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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Tramway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4 PG13
 53
Emerald City
Boulder
V1 5
 78
Hueco Shuffle
Boulder
V2 5+
 51
The Terminator
Boulder
V3- 6A PG13
 40
White Flight
Boulder
V3 6A
 70
Frank's Roof
Boulder
V3 6A PG13
 23
Tri-Nitro-Toulumne
Boulder
V4 6B
 37
Standing on the Head of the Dragon
Boulder
V4 6B
 43
Sunshine Daydream (aka Yo Picasso)
Boulder
V4 6B
 59
Paul Rocks
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
 12
Illuminatrix
Boulder
V5 6C
 49
Dancing Queen (aka The Cube)
Boulder
V5 6C
 35
Crack-O-Pop
Boulder
V5 6C
 52
Green Hornet
Boulder
V6- 7A
 34
Power Windows
Boulder
V7 7A+
 52
Swing Dance
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Emerald City Shangri-La Valley > W Rim > Emerald City
 53
V0 4 PG13 Boulder
Hueco Shuffle Shangri-La Valley > Dance Floor > Hueco Boulder
 78
V1 5 Boulder
The Terminator Trailside Boulders > Frank's Boulder
 51
V2 5+ Boulder
White Flight Conquest Ridge > White Flight Boulder
 40
V3- 6A PG13 Boulder
Frank's Roof Trailside Boulders > Frank's Boulder
 70
V3 6A Boulder
Tri-Nitro-Toulumne Shangri-La Valley > W Rim > Emerald City
 23
V3 6A PG13 Boulder
Standing on the Head of the… Conquest Ridge > Dragon's Head
 37
V4 6B Boulder
Sunshine Daydream (aka Yo P… Area 51/Deer Ca… > Yo Picasso (aka Sunsh…
 43
V4 6B Boulder
Paul Rocks Shangri-La Valley > Beach > Paul's Rock
 59
V4 6B Boulder
Illuminatrix Shangri-La Valley > Beach > Conspiracy Boulder
 12
V4 6B PG13 Boulder
Dancing Queen (aka The Cube) Shangri-La Valley > Shangri-La > Abba Boulder (aka The…
 49
V5 6C Boulder
Crack-O-Pop Icebergs > Iceberg 1
 35
V5 6C Boulder
Green Hornet Trailside Boulders > Mandala of Tram
 52
V5 6C Boulder
Power Windows Shangri-La Valley > Alcove > Dead Tree Boulder
 34
V6- 7A Boulder
Swing Dance Shangri-La Valley > Dance Floor > Swing Dance Boulder
 52
V7 7A+ Boulder
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C Miller   CA  
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.

Jul 11, 2007
The above is an especially good map link for backpackers/hikers etc. Aug 1, 2007
The hot temps listed above are from the valley floor where the tram starts? Jun 24, 2010
Climber on Slot Machine

youtube.com/watch?v=Jl4xluE… Jun 13, 2012
RTM
RTM  
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. Apr 27, 2013
HunterCody
San Diego
HunterCody   San Diego
vimeo.com/24849082 Apr 30, 2014
Brad Alexander
Costa Mesa, CA
Brad Alexander   Costa Mesa, CA
Tramway day trip, 11 climbs in 6 minutes.

vimeo.com/97799264 Jun 10, 2014
Brad Alexander
Costa Mesa, CA
Brad Alexander   Costa Mesa, CA
Fun V3 on the way to Emerald

vimeo.com/136455899 Aug 17, 2015
Jeremy Byrne
oak hills CA
Jeremy Byrne   oak hills CA
Why is there no trad climbing at this place? Is there some sort of restriction to the bigger walls around? Aug 26, 2018