Wallowa Lake Tramway


Thanks to the marvels of engineering, you can climb nearly 4,000 feet in 15 minutes without even breaking a sweat. When the Wallowa Lake Tramway was built in 1970, it was the steepest vertical lift for a four-passenger gondola in North America. The Swiss-made tram provides a spectacular ride from a 4,450-foot elevation to the 8,200-foot level of Mount Howard. The cable car rides about 30 feet above the ground, with the highest point off the ground being 120 feet, when the tramway crosses a spectacular gully.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Mechanical
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Wallowa Lake Tramway is powered by a 150 h.p. electric motor at the base, operating a single continuous-loop cable that is 19,300 feet long, or nearly four miles in length.
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