Emigrant Wall

  • Grade context: US


A recently developed wall that offers around a dozen well protected trad and sport climbs up to 4 pitches high, with grades between 5.5 and 5.9. Close enough to 88 to have relatively easy access (~45 minute walk), but far enough from population centers to retain a remote feel.

Note: some of the rappels are 35m long, so a 70m rope (or double ropes) is required.

Access issues inherited from Carson Pass

Note: within the Eldorado National Forest you may park anywhere beside highway 88, provided your car is fully off the pavement. Obviously this rule no longer applies once snow season starts.


Park opposite the southern end of Kays Rd (a short loop road), and follow the old road up the hill, staying right at the first junction. At the white granite boulder, locate the trail that heads into the woods and follow this to a junction at a large downed tree. Stay left (right goes to 'Old Camp Bluff'), and follow the trail past three ponds to where the trail peters out. Follow cairns over a ridge then stay on the south side of the valley to a large granite slab. Solo carefully down this (some mandatory 3rd class - approach shoes recommended) to the northern end of the cliff.

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