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Located 200 miles east of San Francisco and 45 miles west of Reno, the Lake Tahoe Basin abounds with year round mountain sports. The Tahoe region hosts one of the most diverse ranges of climbing in the US. You will find everything from well protected sport routes to alpine classics all within an hours drive.


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Favorite Climbing Spots
Climate Rock climbing is possible the whole year in the Tahoe area if you don't mind hiking through some snow. Cave Rock on the East Shore is usually a safe bet for burly winter sporting and most other south facing outcrops will have a snow free base after a two week dry spell. Summers are much milder than in other parts of the state and fall brings the best conditions for climbing with many days of mild temperatures and fair skies.

National Forests belong to a variety of users. Trails are shared by hikers, horses and mountain bikes. Please use caution and courtesy when encountering another user. Enjoy









1. TECH TIPs by Pete Tekada
Stuffing the pig -- efficient haulbag packing
2. TECH TIPs by Jeff Jackson
Smooth operator -- kitting up for efficient bolting
3. TECH TIPs by Dave Sheldon
Ski like a pro on your approach skis make a shin strap



Month Morn Avg. Aft Avg. Nite Avg.
Jan 28º 35º 28º
Feb 24º 38º 29º
March 27º 29º 32º
April 35º 53º 42º
May 46º 60º 45º
June 48º 70º 51º
July 53º 77º 61º
August 55º 79º 62º
Sept 46º 71º 57º
Oct 41º 66º 46º
Nov 36º 54º 40º
Dec 31º 40º 23º
Lover's Leap
Horizontal dikes make this granite cliff's steep classics climbable at moderate grades. You can easily see the sheer and awe-inspiring cliffs of what locals call "The Leap" while driving east on U.S. HWY 50 from Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. Lover's Leap is a very popular place to climb because it offers easy access, great classic climbing and short approaches. Expect summer weekends to be busy and be prepared to find waiting lines for some of the most well-known climbs. Since there is over a half mile of rock, you'll surely be able to find a quiet place to set up a belay. Recommended Routes & Yosemite Decimal System Rating:
http://www.loversleap.net/
Bears Reach-5.7
The Line -5.9
Traveler's Buttress -5.9
Hospital Corner-5.10a
The Leap is located just off U.S. HWY 50 behind the community
of Strawberry, approximately 18 miles southwest of
South Lake Tahoe.
Lovers Leap Directions: From South Lake Tahoe, drive west on U.S. HWY 50 over Echo Summit towards Sacramento. Just before the Strawberry Lodge, turn left and follow the road back into the parking area. Follow the trail that begins at the northeast end of the campground, passing several large boulders leading to an old road. At this point, several short trails will lead you to different areas of the cliff. A trail also contours the base of the wall.


Eagle Creek Canyon
A diverse range of solid cragging and easy back country access to alpine classics. This canyon lies above Emerald Bay, providing some of the prettiest climbing vistas in the area. Eagle Creek Canyon offers an abundance of beginner, intermediate and advanced sport climbing options. Several crags are within a ten-minute walk of the parking area, making this a popular choice for climbers, hikers and sightseers. Mayhem Cove and Ninety Foot Wall are recommended and are located west of the parking lot. Recommended Routes & Yosemite Decimal System Rating:
Ninety-Foot Wall: Holdless Horror-5.6
Shuman the Human -5.7
Rentier -5.7
Lightning Bolt-5.10b
Mayhem Cove: Huntin' Gator-5.12b
Drinkin' White Lightning-5.12b
Cajun in Hell -5.13b
Eagle Creek Directions: From South Lake Tahoe, drive north on Emerald Bay Road (SR 89) towards Emerald Bay. The parking area and the trailhead to Desolation Wilderness is located on the west side of the highway by Eagle Creek. Hike west on a trail paralleling the creek to reach the climbing areas in the canyon.


Pie Shop
A short approach hike and southern exposure make this dome and surrounding boulders very popular. The Pie Shop is a very popular cragging area close by South Lake Tahoe. Unlike many other climbing areas in the basin, Pie Shop is sunny and frequently climbable year-round. The Pie Shop approach is easy and the quality of the climbing is good. There are a variety of both face and crack climbs. Pie Shop even boasts some of the best bouldering in Tahoe and the bouldering areas can be seen on the approach to the base of the cliffs. Recommended Routes & Yosemite Decimal System Rating:
Crepes Corner-5.7
Clean Corner -5.8
Hands Masseuse -5.8
Pie Shop Directions: From South Lake Tahoe, take U.S. HW 50 towards Sacramento. Just past the airport, turn right onto Sawmill Road and follow it for a quarter mile. Park on the left-hand side of the road. Take the trail directly across from the dirt parking area and hike upward past a group of large boulders. Spiral up the hill until you reach "Lunch Rock." This large, flat rock is perfect for sunning yourself between climbs. From this point, trails run along the base of the rock to other routes.

Donner Summit
Awesome granite hosts multi-pitch classics, desperate test pieces and excellent beginner's terrain.

Truckee River Canyon
Well protected steep basalt yields tricky maneuvers at all difficulties.

East Shore
Sun drenched volcanic formations, including Cave Rock, where overhanging sport routes rule supreme!

Echo Summit
Easy access via the Pacific Crest Trail, quality routes, varied climbing, and solitude.

Phantom Spires
Excellent rock hosts knobby faces and good cracks, southern exposure makes for a long climbing season.

Sugarloaf
From Harding's Chimney to splitter test pieces, this clean granite crag will provide challenges for everyone.

Woodford Canyon
Wide-open sport climbing awaits in this lush, underrated canyon. Calaveras Dome - Clean granite hosts quality multi-pitch trade routes and well-protected sport climbs.

Climbing Walls, Guides & Courses





Tahoe Sports Ltd.
The Lake Tahoe Vacation Guide would like to thank the friendly and experienced guides at Tahoe Sports Ltd. for providing information about Eagle Creek Canyon, Lover's Leap and Pie Shop. Your rock climbing adventures in Tahoe will be more enjoyable if you give them a call, or visit the shop when you get to town. Tahoe Sports Ltd.- South "Y" Center ,U.S. HWY 50 South Lake Tahoe, Ca
530-544-2284
http://www.tahoesportsltd.com/

Headwall Indoor Climbing Wall
at Squaw Valley
With 20 and 30-foot climbing walls indoors and a 45-foot climbing wall outdoors to conquer, climbers of all ages will enjoy the fun and challenge of climbing. For children under 13, belaying requires that a parent partner with them. Your harness is provided and shoe rental is available. Private and group instruction is offered. All climbers are supervised. Headwall is located in the Cable Car Terminal Building at the Base Village. Base Village Squaw Valley USA -1960 Squaw Valley Road Olympic Village, Ca Climbing Wall 530-583-7673
Central Reservations & Information
800-545-4350 888-766-9331
http://www.squaw.com/winter/headwall.html

Adventure Center Challenge Ropes Course
at Squaw Valley
Nestled in the hillside facing Shirley Canyon, the Challenge Ropes Course location offers a spectacular view of Squaw Valley. Some of the state-of-the-art aspects of this ropes course include three 50-foot high towers with treehouses and a 40-foot high giant swing, all interconnected with ropes and cables. Experienced instructors supervise program activities. Safety is the watchword, as participants choose their level of challenge.The Course is open to the public and groups between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily. The Course requires a minimum of seven reservations to open for the day and individuals are invited to join existing reservations. Children ages 5 -14 are welcome with parental participation. Customized Challenge Ropes Courses are available for groups, nonprofit organizations and corporations from seven to 75 participants. Customized programs can vary from two hours to a full day to multi-day. Call for details, pricing and reservations. Adventure Center Squaw Valley USA - 1960 Squaw Valley Road Olympic Village, Ca
530-583-0150
http://www.squawadventure.com/main.asp?pID=15

Kirkwood Climbing with Sierra Mountain Guides
Not many sports match the physical and mental satisfaction of climbing. You'll feel your spirit soar during a safe and memorable rock or mountain climbing experience. Sierra Mountain Guides offer a variety of programs that include half-day and one or two-day courses in Beginning Rock, Intermediate Climbing, Guided Multi-Pitch Climbs, Guided Mountaineering Routes, Mountain Skill Courses and more! Kirkwood Ski & Summer Resort SR 88 between Silver Lake and Caples Lake -Kirkwood , Ca -Sierra Mountain Guides-
530-582-4772

Climbing Wall at Kirkwood

Hone your skills right at the resort before heading to the rocks on this professionally designed and supervised facility. Instruction is available upon request. Call the Adventure Center for details. Kirkwood Ski & Summer Resort SR 88 between Silver Lake and Caples Lake-Kirkwood Kirkwood Adventure Center-
209-258-7283

Adventure Park Challenge Ropes Course
at Northstar-at-Tahoe
Ropes, cables, and tall fir trees in a beautiful setting present a series of challenging activities that are fun and exhilarating for adults and children. High elements of 30 to 60 feet include jumping for the trapeze from "the Perch" and riding down a 300 foot long "Zip Line." Ropes Course leaders guide you throughout the program, beginning with warm ups and safety instruction. Ages 10+. For little kids looking for big excitement, try the junior version of the ropes course for ages 4-13 with parental assistance required. Northstar-at-Tahoe -SR 267 at Northstar Drive Truckee, Ca -Adventure Park
530-562-2285
http://www.northstarattahoe.com

Adventure Park Climbing Wall at Northstar-at-Tahoe
Climbers of all ages and abilities can have fun learning new skills and improving technique on the 25-foot high outdoor climbing wall. The staff teaches belaying and supervises the program. Bring a friend or parent to climb with you or just to belay. The fee includes the use of a harness and climbing shoe rental is available. Private and group instruction is offered. Northstar-at-Tahoe SR 267 at Northstar Drive ,Truckee, Ca Adventure Park-
530-562-2285