Palm Springs: Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tram Car

View at Top of San Jacinto Mountain

Mount San Jacinto State Park Sign

Mount San Jacinto Trail

Snow at the Top of San Jacinto Mountain

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway transports the world’s largest rotating tram cars up the steepest mountain in North America.  The tram cars are attached to steel cables that carry them over 2 1/2 miles from the desert floor to Mountain Station at 8,516 feet.  The cars pass through 5 plant and animal life zones – the equivalent of traveling from Mexico to Alaska in 15 minutes!  The tram was such a challenge to build that it is considered an historic civil engineering landmark.  Popular TV shows filmed at the tram include Columbo (1972 episode “Short Fuse”); Mission Impossible (1971 episode, “The Tram”); and Dirty Jobs (2008, season 4, episode 12, “Aerial Tram Greaser”).  The view from the top of San Jacinto Mountain is spectacular!   A 2014 post is at:

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

5 Responses to Palm Springs: Aerial Tramway

  1. jbw0123 says:

    When I hear Palm Springs, I don’t think snow! Nice photos.

    • Pam says:

      It is quite dramatic to be in 80 degrees sunshine at the base of the mountain, and to play in the snow wearing a coat at the top! We love it! Every time we visit the area we go up to enjoy the view.

  2. Pip Chamberlain says:

    Saw Columbo episode with the tram. Impressive!

  3. Pingback: California: Return to Palm Springs Aerial Tramway | naturetime

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