Guide to Lake Tahoe rock climbing, top roping, and bouldering.

 
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Lake Tahoe has some of the best rock-climbing opportunities north of Yosemite. This guide is not meant to replace a guide book, but rather to introduce the visitor to the varied opportunities for bouldering, top-roping, and lead climbing in and around the Tahoe Basin. For more detailed information, including topos for the climbs, pick up a copy of Rock Climbing Lake Tahoe by Mike Carville available in Tahoe sport shops or at Falcon Press. The table below lists the more popular climbing areas near Lake Tahoe. Blue type represents a link to more information, while black type indicates we have not yet completed the information page for that area.

South Shore

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Pie Shop: This popular South Shore area is convenient and offers bouldering and lead climbing opportunities ranging from 5.6 to 5.12. The rock is a rough granite and offers both face and crack climbing.

Echo View Estates: A nice bouldering area with enough to keep you busy for several hours or days. The rock is compact granite and offers lots of steep face problems.

Lover's Leap: The South Shore's premiere rock face offering 400 - 600 foot routes. The granite is solid and offers both face and excellent crack climbing. Horizontal dikes on the face make what would be extremely difficult climbing into moderate routes. Lots of high quality 5.7 - 5.9 routes as well as harder climbing.

Echo Lakes: [Page not completed] Located at Echo Lake, this uncrowded area offers short, but high quality routes.

Phantom Spires [Page not completed] Located along Highway 50 near the Wright's Lake turn-off, Phantom Spires has loads of good climbs on great rock. The climbs are one or two pitches

Sugarloaf: Located on the north side of Highway 50 near the little town of Kyburz, Sugarloaf offers excellent year-round climbing. The 400 foot rock outcrop has climbs ranging from 5.7 to 5.13 with loads of 10s, 11s, and 12s.

West Shore

90 Foot Wall: This often crowded crag offers steep top-roping close to South Shore for afternoon workouts. It's a great place to get pumped and meet other climbers. Routes range from 5.7 to .11b with everything in between.

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Eagle Lake Cliff: [Page not completed]

North Shore

Donner Summit: Located along old Highway 40 at Donner Summit, this area offers hundreds of climbs spread over many rock outcrops. This area could keep a motivated climber busy for a long time!

East Shore

Cave Rock: Tahoe's best sport climbing area with a high concentration of very steep (overhanging) difficult routes. Located at Cave Rock north of Zephyr Cove on Tahoe's east shore the climbing is divided between two areas, one in a cave between the lanes of traffic and the other along the shore below the road. Climbs are for the most part in the .11 to .13 range. Not much for recreational climbers.

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Castle Rock: [Page not completed]

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Dinosaur Rock: [Page not completed]

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Spooner Crag: [Page not completed]

 

 

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