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Santa Margarita River Trail
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Hanna Flats Singletrack
If you ride only one trail in the area, you gotta do this one. Near Big Bear Lake, California
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, California
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San Jacinto Mountains  


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Elevation: 7,500'
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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

690 Total Routes

['4 Stars',53],['3 Stars',159],['2 Stars',257],['1 Star',186],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',5],['5.9',1],['5.10',7],['5.11',8],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',152],['V2-3',296],['V4-5',129],['V6-7',62],['V8-9',15],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',13],['>=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
Once Upon A Time   V1 5 X     Boulder, 15'   Once Upon A Time Area : Once Upon A Time Boulder
Hueco Shuffle    V1 5     Boulder, 13'   The Dance Floor : Hueco Boulder
Big Greeny   V2 5+ R     Boulder, 20'   South Basin : Big Greeny Boulder
Pink Crack   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 18'   Central Basin : 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
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...
Illuminatrix   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 13'   The Beach : Conspiracy Boulder
Tri-Nitro-Toulumne   V5 6C PG13     Boulder, 20'   The West Rim : Emerald City
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
Dan Osman ArÍte   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Broken Heart : Dan Osman Boulder
Swing Dance   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   The Dance Floor : Swing Dance Boulder
Tour de France (aka Firewall)   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Boulder Basin : Tour De France Area
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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Mountain Lilac and bee, San Jacinto Mountains
Mountain Lilac and bee, San Jacinto Mountains
Manzanita woman, South Ridge
Manzanita woman, South Ridge
Wild Rose (Rosa californica), San Jacinto Mountain...
Wild Rose (Rosa californica), San Jacinto Mountain...
South Ridge granite detail
South Ridge granite detail
Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountains
Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountains
South Ridge scenery
South Ridge scenery
Mt. San Jacinto towering in the clouds. Photo by B...
Mt. San Jacinto towering in the clouds. Photo by B...
Looking southeast from South Ridge, Idyllwild
Looking southeast from South Ridge, Idyllwild
Bay Tree Spring, San Jacinto Mountains
Bay Tree Spring, San Jacinto Mountains
The view into Garner Valley and beyond from South ...
The view into Garner Valley and beyond from South ...
Fall colors near Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountain...
Fall colors near Lake Fulmor, San Jacinto Mountain...
Mt. San Jacinto
Mt. San Jacinto
Kaufman Crag, San Jacinto Mountains
Kaufman Crag, San Jacinto Mountains
Fall colors along Hwy 243, San Jacinto Mountains
Fall colors along Hwy 243, San Jacinto Mountains
Nomad Ventures, Idyllwild
Nomad Ventures, Idyllwild
One Hour Rock, San Jacinto Mountains
One Hour Rock, San Jacinto Mountains
Lower Strawberry Creek, Idyllwild
Lower Strawberry Creek, Idyllwild
Lara starting up the lip
Lara starting up the lip
Mt. San Jacinto
Mt. San Jacinto
Mt. San Jacinto from the I10 rest stop
Mt. San Jacinto from the I10 rest stop
Garner Valley, San Jacinto Mountains
Garner Valley, San Jacinto Mountains
The view from the Tram, San Jacinto Mtns
The view from the Tram, San Jacinto Mtns
PCT trail sign on the north slope, Black Mountain
PCT trail sign on the north slope, Black Mountain
San Jacinto Peak from the northwest
San Jacinto Peak from the northwest

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By Carl Stevens
From: Clearlake, California
Nov 3, 2014
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
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