Hill Hiker® Hillside Lift System

The Hill Hiker® Hillside Lift System is a custom made to order outdoor cable driven inclined elevator. Hill Hikers can be installed almost anywhere and are commonly known as:   Incline Lifts,   Outdoor Elevators,   Hillside Trams  &  Funiculars

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Incline Site Solutions

Hill Hiker, Inc. has experience working all over the US and much of the World on many different types of projects and for many different types of owners.

  • Access to lake, river, ocean, garage, pool, garden, home, golf course, etc.
  • Resorts, state parks, golf courses, churches, schools, utility plants, etc.
  • Meets or exceeds national and local elevator safety and building codes
  • Handicap and ADA approved options

Custom Design

Every Hill Hiker® is engineered, manufactured and installed based on:

  • Application Type: Commercial, Residential, ADA Handicap, etc.
  • Local Building Code: Requirements vary depending on Country, State/Province and City
  • Site Terrain: Length & angle of hillside, access to hillside, soil type, vegetation level, etc.
  • Motor Drive Type: Winding drum or continuous loop traction systems
  • Capacity Requirements: Size of max load desired, in-cab floor space (square footage)
  • Aesthetic Preferences: Car size, design and style, paint color or type of finish
  • Additional Options: Extra safety features, roof, cooler carrier, key-less security, etc.
Hill Hiker 3 stop 3D site design drawings
Hill Hiker 5 stop system 3D model drawing

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Engineered for Excellence

In 1997 Hill Hiker, Inc. set out to engineer the BEST outdoor hillside lift system on the market. To founders Bill and Laurel this meant their system would need to excel in a number of key areas: quality, safety, reliability, code compliance and overall value.

To accomplish this goal they employed Bill’s industry knowledge, Laurel’s business savvy and Laurel’s father, Noel Davis, an MIT mechanical engineering graduate and accomplished inventor. What they came up with was amazingly simple yet advanced: the first generation Hill Hiker® lift system.

Quality Reliability Safety Compliance Value

Hill Hiker winding drum x system with upper landing platform 3D drawing
Hill Hiker car, wall floor, trackmates, chassis, columns and power pack drawings

Standard Features

  • High-grade materials and components provide for durable, trouble-free operation
  • Versatile material options including high-performance metals designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions
  • Underwriters Laboratory (U.L.) listed motor and electronics control package
  • Certified and licensed Hill Hiker® technicians perform installations
  • Many safety systems including multiple independent braking systems
  • On-board controls for each direction, stop location and emergency stop
  • Optional capacities from 400-3000 lbs
  • Variety of lengths available ranging from 30 feet to over 500 feet, depending on grade
  • Security control push buttons at both top and bottom, keyed or keypad
  • Wireless on-board control systems use 900 MHZ digital spread spectrum

Optional Features

  • ADA handicap and wheelchair accessible car configurations
  • Multiple stops at intermediate landing locations
  • Keyless security control entry system
  • Canopy – customizable roofing styles and material options
  • Enclosed car design – customizable styles and designs
  • Seating options – fully customizable styles and designs
  • Mechanical/electrical interlocks on fixed landing gates and car doors
  • Exit/entry from both sides of the car
  • Car door safeties – car gate automatic shut off system or lock system
  • Double cable drives for added safety and commercial application requirements
  • Curve linear – curved rail design is possible depending on terrain


  • Motor Control: Variable speed soft start/soft stop electric motor control package for smooth, quiet operation
  • Track Systems: Enclosed-rail designs in residential and commercial sizes
  • Motor Sizes: 3 HP to 20 HP, depending on application
  • Gear Reducers: Heavy-duty, industrial gear boxes
  • Car Configurations: Standard and custom options, including fully enclosed, two-sided entry and handicap accessible
  • Material Options: Standard steel, marine-grade aluminum or stainless steel
  • Finishes: Environmentally friendly industrial powder coating in a wide choice of colors
  • Safety: Fully engineered to meet or exceed all national A.S.M.E. (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) incline elevator safety codes


  • Initial Contact and Site Visit
    • Measure hill, determine inline angle
    • Examine terrain, sample soils
  • Exact Location of System Determined By:
    • Traffic flow to and from system
    • Preservation of trees and vegetation
    • Aesthetics and blending with landscape
  • Determine Custom System Needs
    • Foundation requirements based on soils and site
    • Size of system based on desired capacity
    • Application type – residential vs. commercial
    • Local building code requirements
    • Customer desired options
  • Quote and Contract
    • Prepare and present final price and quote
    • Reach agreement and sign contract
  • Contact Local Code Officials
    • Begin permitting process
  • Collaborate and Plan Project
    • Work with owner and/or architects and engineers as needed
    • Setup Sub-Contractors as needed
    • Schedule Pre-Construction meetings as needed
  • Develop Custom Order
    • Create Engineering Drawings
    • Place custom order for manufacturing


  • Materials Ordered
    • High grade steel, marine grade aluminum and/or stainless steel
    • Custom mechanical parts
    • Motor, gearbox, drum and electronics package
  • Custom Fabrication
    • Hill Hiker® lift system built to desired specifications
    • In house Capabilities –  Sheet metal cutting, bending and shearing saves cost
    • Precision Welding – Hill Hiker® shop technicians take pride in their craft
  • High Grade Finish
    • Hill Hiker® lift system sent to receive high-grade powder coat paint and/or galvanization
  • Certified Electronics
    • Hill Hiker® lift system electronic package built by qualified (UL) and licensed box shop
  • Quality Control
    • Hill Hiker® lift system components assembled
    • In-house inspection and testing performed
  • Shipping
    • Entire system packaged for shipping
    • Tram system sent via third party shipper or delivered by Hill Hiker® crew depending on location


  • Site work
    • Clear hillside path for lift system
    • Layout system location and footings
  • Excavation
    • Dig motor and gearbox pad (as applicable)
    • Dig footing holes below frost line
  • Foundation
    • Pour concrete posts or column footings
    • Pour motor gearbox pad (as applicable)
  • Steel Structure
    • Install column brackets or steel posts
    • Hang/Install steel rails
    • Cross brace posts as needed for extra strength
  • Mechanical
    • Place and secure motor and gearbox assembly
    • Mount chassis and car
    • Install cable
  • Electrical
    • Hook up controller to power
    • Wire and set limit switches
    • Mount wireless communication
  • Finalization
    • Test safeties and controls
    • Closeout with owner – instructions and manuals
    • State elevator inspection and permit closeout


Featured Projects

The 60 steps from the garage to the house got to be too much for my bad knees. We purchased a Hill Hiker® allowing us to stay in our 'dream house with a view' through our retirement years. We recommend the Hill Hiker® to all those people with physical challenges who still want to stay in their elevated home settings.

Henry & Rose L., San Francisco, California

My wife and I spent many hours researching hillside lift systems and safety was our main concern. The Hill Hiker®'s safety system is 'second to none.' Their captured rail system is unique to the 'ride-on-top-of-the-rails' designs offered by others. We are very satisfied with the lift system we purchased from Hill Hiker, Inc.

John & Heather B., Annapolis, Maryland

As builders/contractors, we were very particular with the fit and finish of the Hill Hiker® lift system we purchased. After all, the upscale neighborhood that we were developing would require nothing but the finest hillside lift equipment for its residents. The Hill Hiker® came through delivering the finest quality at a reasonable cost.

Jim K., Asheville, North Carolina

Our Hill Hiker® installation was great! Their crew was prompt, courteous and got the job done when they said they would. The lift has changed our lake shore living by allowing us to really utilize the lake! Thanks Hill Hiker!

Sam & Jennifer S., Hudson, Wisconsin

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