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Gray's Peak
The icing on the cake - an out and back climb with great views at the top and a fun descent. Near Big Bear Lake, CA
Hanna Flats Loop
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San Jacinto Mountains  


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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 33.7426, -116.7682 View Map  Incorrect?
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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 in addition to one additional highway.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.8 miles from here

589 Total Routes

['4 Stars',42],['3 Stars',130],['2 Stars',229],['1 Star',166],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',5],['5.9',1],['5.10',7],['5.11',5],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',130],['V2-3',251],['V4-5',112],['V6-7',54],['V8-9',13],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',9],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for San Jacinto Mountains:
Emerald City   V0 4 PG13     Boulder, 20'   The West Rim : Emerald City
Ride the Lightning   V0+ 4+ R     Boulder, 30'   Undiscovered Country : Lightning Boulder
Big Greeny   V2 5+ R     Boulder, 20'   Boulder Basin Campground : Big Greeny Boulder
Pink Crack   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 18'   Boulder Basin Campground : Pink 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
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
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...
Green Hornet   V5 6C     Boulder   Trailside Boulders : Mandala of Tram
Dancing Queen (aka The Cube)   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Shangri-La : Abba Boulder (aka The Cube)
Tri-Nitro-Toulumne   V5 6C PG13     Boulder, 20'   The West Rim : Emerald City
JCVD (Jean Claud Van Dam)   V6- 7A     Boulder, 16'   Undiscovered Country : JCVD (Jean Claud Van Dam) b...
Center Visor   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   The Summit : The Visor
Tour de France (aka Firewall)   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Black Mountain : Tour De France Area
Swing Dance   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   The Dance Floor : Swing Dance Boulder
Vanishing Point   V9 7C     Boulder, 16'   Long Valley : Vanishing Point Boulder
Snow Creek   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b AI1-2 Mod. Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 10000'   Mt. San Jacinto
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Featured Route For San Jacinto Mountains
Once Upon A Time V1 R

Once Upon A Time V1 5 CA : San Jacinto Mountains : ... : Once Upon A Time Boulder
A beautiful doo doo inducing line up the jugs on the obvious overhanging face of the boulder. The landing slopes away at steep angle into a crevasse that an unspotted fall most likely would result in tumbling into. Don't tumble into the crevasse. You're going to have a bad time....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of San Jacinto Mountains Slideshow Add Photo
Mountain Lilac and bee, San Jacinto Mountains
Mountain Lilac and bee, San Jacinto Mountains
Manzanita woman, South Ridge
Manzanita woman, South Ridge
South Ridge scenery
South Ridge scenery
South Ridge granite detail
South Ridge granite detail
Black Mt. from Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountains
Black Mt. from Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountains
Mt. San Jacinto towering in the clouds. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. San Jacinto towering in the clouds.
Photo by B...
Looking southeast from South Ridge, Idyllwild
Looking southeast from South Ridge, Idyllwild
The view into Garner Valley and beyond from South Ridge, Idyllwild
The view into Garner Valley and beyond from South ...
Lower Strawberry Creek, Idyllwild
Lower Strawberry Creek, Idyllwild
Fall colors near Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountains
Fall colors near Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountain...
Meadow along the nature trail loop.
Meadow along the nature trail loop.
Bay Tree Spring, San Jacinto Mountains
Bay Tree Spring, San Jacinto Mountains
Mt. San Jacinto
Mt. San Jacinto
Garner Valley, San Jacinto Mountains
Garner Valley, San Jacinto Mountains
The Speed-of-Light Monument, Pine Cove
The Speed-of-Light Monument, Pine Cove
PCT trail sign on the north slope, Black Mountain
PCT trail sign on the north slope, Black Mountain
San Jacinto from the I-10, San Jacinto Pass
San Jacinto from the I-10, San Jacinto Pass
Lara starting up the lip
Lara starting up the lip
Mt. San Jacinto
Mt. San Jacinto
The view from the Tram, San Jacinto Mtns
The view from the Tram, San Jacinto Mtns
Fall colors along Hwy 243, San Jacinto Mountains
Fall colors along Hwy 243, San Jacinto Mountains
San Jacinto Peak from the northwest
San Jacinto Peak from the northwest
One Hour Rock, San Jacinto Mountains
One Hour Rock, San Jacinto Mountains
Mt. San Jacinto from the I10 rest stop
Mt. San Jacinto from the I10 rest stop

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