Oakland Zoo:

Animal Gondola Ride

The first highlight for the Oakland Zoo’s 56-acre expansion into the new exhibit known as the California Trail is their new 8 passenger gondola and new restaurant (The Landing Café) overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

Starting in 2018, visitors will have an up close view of native Californian animal species such as grizzly bears, the California condor, mountain lions, buffalo and other species inherent to California. The gondola accessing this new development is particularly spacious and feature safari-style windows with bars on the tower side of the cabin.


A lightweight polycarbonate cover can be placed over the bars to protect the passengers from wind, rain and cold when the weather is not cooperating. Level loading and unloading access Visitors to Oakland Zoo discover animals during the trip on the Cableway is provided for all the cabins making Oakland Zoo the first zoo in the USA to offer guests an ADA compliant gondola ride.

Top station integrated into multifunctional building


The biggest challenge facing the construction of the California Trail Gondola was incorporating the top station into a multifunctional building that also houses the new restaurant and other facilities. This called for very close collaboration and precise schedule coordination with the building contractors. Optimal use has been made of the available space and visitors unload directly beneath the new restaurant facility.



DOPPELMAYR USA designed and implemented this individually tailored ropeway solution. The lift’s seven towers were manufactured in Salt Lake City and the parts for the station in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec. The location of one of DOPPELMAYR USA sales and service offices near Lake Tahoe has been a major benefit for the customer from the outset as it means they

8-MGD California Trail Gondola

  • Inclined Length: 561 m
  • Vertical Height: 93,9 M
  • Max. SPEED: 3,0 M/S
  • Cabin Type 8er-Gondeln
  • Number of Cabins: 24
  • Transport Capacity: 1.500 P/h