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Castle Rock

  • Grade context: US
  • Photos: 5
  • Ascents: 6

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Summary

Fun, well-protected sport climbing on unusual, highly featured metamorphic rock, with spectacular views of the southern half of Lake Tahoe.

Description

The rock here is similar to the rock around Luther Pass to the south, and is an unusual (for the Sierra) quartzofeldspathic schist (metamorphosed rhyolite). Although the rock is generally solid and hard, it can form a flaky patina in spots that can be friable; helmets are a must.

Access issues

Located within the Toiyabe National Forest.

Approach

Park in the parking lot for the Tahoe Rim Trail - Kingsbury North Trailhead (on the left of the road, as soon as the pavement ends), then follow the small orange arrows marked "Castle Rock" downhill. At the first intersection, turn right and head gently uphill, then keep an eye out for another marker (again with an orange arrow) on the left. Follow this gently uphill through some cool rock formations (some of which have good bouldering and/or toprope bolts) until you reach the "Castle Gates" (a prominent gap between two boulders that the trail passes through).

At this point the trail splits:

The walk is about 1 mile each way.

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