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1. Northern Sierra Nevada 1,906 routes in Region

Summary:
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seasonality
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.475048, 39.204847

1.1. Lake Tahoe, California Side 1,769 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.452076, 39.174383

History:

These guides all document the history of Tahoe are climbs.

Climbing Guide to the Crystal Basin by Bob Branscomb. 1992.

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1.1.1. Bald Rock Dome 0 routes in Crag

1.1.2. Bowman Valley 20 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Sport

Long/Lat: -120.661916, 39.440063

1.1.3. The Emeralds 57 routes in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: -120.629333, 39.336523

1.1.4. Indian Springs 31 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Top Rope and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.566151, 39.328730

1.1.5. Rainbow 27 routes in Cliff

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -120.511632, 39.308913

1.1.6. Donner Summit 323 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.323501, 39.318849

1.1.7. Truckee Areas 16 routes in Area

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -120.212656, 39.318989

1.1.8. Truckee River Canyon 149 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -120.185020, 39.251228

1.1.9. Sugarloaf 121 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.308464, 38.775085

1.1.10. Phantom Spires 170 routes in Crag

Summary:
Trad, Sport and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.250053, 38.785024

Description:

A hillside covered with tiny crags and boulders, and a a few main towering spires of granite.

Approach:

The original developers hoofed it uphill from highway 50. Today we have the luxury of a rarely maintained logging road. Low clearance cars must park on Wrights Lake Road, which adds about a mile of walking each way to the approach. The dirt road is closed seasonally during snow cover, check with Eldorado National Forest's website for current status.

Ethic:

Trad rules. Bolts are only tolerated on new lines where no traditional pro can be had. If in doubt, don't drill.

History:

These formerly phantom rocks were unleashed from their concealment by a forest fire in the 1980s.

1.1.11. Lover's Leap 266 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.136691, 38.801054

1.1.12. Bliss State Park 0 routes in Area

1.1.13. Desolation Wilderness 0 routes in Area

Description:

A large wilderness area including both the Sierra crest and the Crystal Range, ripe with alpine lines. Like all wilderness, this is a leave-no-trace trad climbing and bouldering region.

1.1.14. Crystal Basin 39 routes in Region

Summary:
Mostly Trad

Long/Lat: -120.314596, 38.902171

1.1.15. Eagle Creek Canyon 130 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.113610, 38.952146

Description:

Tahoe area rock climbers refer to anything destination commonly approached from the Eagle Lake trailhead as "Eagle Lake Canyon," even though some crags in the area are physically outside of the Eagle Creek watershed.

1.1.16. Eagle Rock Ridge 0 routes in Crag

1.1.17. Echo Lakes 118 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

Long/Lat: -120.058334, 38.841343

1.1.18. Echo Pass 0 routes in Area

1.1.19. Pie Shop 108 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown, Boulder and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.013885, 38.887043

Description:

The prominent mountain with the aesthetic south facing wall located in the centre of the plain on the southern end of the lake. Exceedingly obvious from hwy 50 as you go over Echo Summit.

1.1.20. The Secrets 70 routes in Field

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -120.191302, 38.759209

1.1.21. Christmas Tree Valley / Meyers 67 routes in Region

Summary:
Unknown, Boulder and Sport

Long/Lat: -119.971037, 38.820128

1.1.22. East Shore (see Nevada) 0 routes in Crag

Unique Features And Strengths:

1.1.23. Reno and Carson Valley Area 57 routes in Crag

Summary:
Mostly Unknown

1.2. Carson Pass 44 routes in Area

Summary:
Unknown, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.242794, 38.584733

Description:

Climbing areas typically accessed from California highway 88.

1.2.1. The Spot 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Top Rope

Long/Lat: -120.332738, 38.546925

Unique Features And Strengths:

Easy access. Cool patina (in spots).

Description:

Nice bouldering spot right beside highway 88.

Access Issues:

Located within Eldorado National Forest, so no access issues.

Approach:

Park right beside the boulders on forestry road 8 N 37, or carefully park on highway 88 and walk up the hill.

1.2.2. Lower Bear River Reservoir 0 routes in Area

1.2.3. Calaveras Dome Area 24 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Trad

Long/Lat: -120.236324, 38.490731

Unique Features And Strengths:

Some big, lesser known domes.

Description:

A fantastic, slightly old-school area comprising several distinct domes and walls. The centrepiece is 'Calaveras Dome' itself, a massive 1800' high dome on the southern side of the Mokelumne River.

Access Issues:

No access issues, as its located in National Forest.

Approach:

From CA highway 88, turn right (south) onto Ellis Rd (poorly signposted) and drive for several windy miles to the bottom of the valley. At the bottom, turn left (East) and follow the road along the Mokelumne River (with several crossings) until the domes loom into view.

Where To Stay:

There's plenty of free camping just downstream from the domes. The official National Forest sites have pit toilets, picnic tables and fire rings, but there is no potable water anywhere in the valley.

1.2.4. Silver Lake 0 routes in Area

1.2.5. Two Sentinels 0 routes in Area

1.2.6. Kirkwood Lake 0 routes in Area

1.2.7. Caples Lake Ice Climbing 0 routes in Cliff

1.2.8. Elephant's Graveyard 0 routes in Area

Access Issues:

These cliffs are located within the Mokelumne Wilderness Area, so fixed anchors (bolts etc.) are strictly forbidden.

1.2.9. Woodfords Canyon 19 routes in Crag

Summary:
Unknown and Sport

Long/Lat: -119.838470, 38.772958

1.3. Mokelumne Wilderness 0 routes in Area

1.4. Ebbetts Pass 0 routes in Area

1.4.1. Hell's Kitchen 0 routes in Crag

1.4.2. True Value Crag 0 routes in Crag

1.5. Sonora Pass 91 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Trad and other styles

Long/Lat: -120.000596, 38.198640

1.5.1. Columbia 0 routes in Area

Description:

Adventure limestone bouldering with a Cowboy Western feel.

1.5.2. Table Mountain 54 routes in Crag

Summary:
Sport, Trad and Unknown

Long/Lat: -120.460160, 37.926994

Access Issues:

Access at Table Mountain can be tenuous, with easements providing limited access along private property. Make sure to check the Access Fund (http://status.accessfund.org/) for current restrictions, and always be respectful of the property owners.

1.5.3. Potter's Rock 0 routes in Area

1.5.4. Columns of the Giants 0 routes in Area

1.5.5. Chipmunk Flats 3 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.5.6. Burst Rock 32 routes in Area

Summary:
Trad, Top Rope and Sport

Long/Lat: -119.878557, 38.204148

Description:

An extensive area of high quality alpine granite, easily accessible off of Highway 108. In addition to lots of roped climbing, there is a lot of bouldering potential in the surrounding area (including on the drive in).

Approach:

If heading East on Highway 108, take a right on Crabtree Rd a few miles before Pinecrest.

If coming from Pinecrest Lake, follow Dodge Ridge Rd to the Dodge Ridge Ski Resort and take a signposted right turn at the welcome sign for the resort (where the one way loop starts). After a quarter of a mile or so this connects to Crabtree Rd - take a left.

From this junction the routes combine - follow Crabtree Rd to the Bell Meadows turn off. Stay left here on forest road 4N37 and drive all the way to the end, where there are several large parking lots. All of the Burst Rock climbing areas are accessed from this parking lot.

Note: Don't take forest road 4N34 from Dodge Ridge Ski Resort unless you have time to kill and/or want to go exploring. Although it connects to 4N37 at the far end, it's in much poorer condition than 4N37, and is therefore much slower (and could be impassable in early season). Lots of hunters also use this road during hunting season - if you go exploring off the road wear brightly coloured clothes.

1.5.7. Second Quarry 2 routes in Area

Summary:
All Unknown

1.5.8. Two Mile Bar 0 routes in Crag

1.5.9. Herring Creek Dome 0 routes in Area

1.6. Walker River Canyon, US 395 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Boulder

Long/Lat: -119.454413, 38.449679

1.6.1. 395 Boulders 1 route in Field

Summary:

Long/Lat: -119.460511, 38.456280

Description:

Beautiful blocks of white alpine granite have been kindly deposited along the side of US 395, so you can break up your drive with this excellent roadside attraction.

Approach:

Located at the base of a scree field on the west side of US-395, it's almost as if Caltrans made a pullout just for your bouldering.

History:

The boulders used to be higher up on the slope, but have more recently come to rest a more convenient location.

1.7. Carson River Canyon, US 395 1 route in Crag

Summary:
All Unknown

Long/Lat: -119.645746, 39.194024