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Description

A hillside above highway 50 covered with tiny crags and boulders, and a few main towering spires of granite.

Amongst a barren rock field you will find many traditional routes, along with some more difficult sport and mixed routes in an excellent, yet unsheltered setting that's almost eerie at times. Watching other parties climb is easy, since there are absolutely no trees surrounding the spires.

You can climb here from late fall to early summer before it gets too hot, and even in the winter on heavy drought years.

The black and white granite of The Phantom Spires will remind you of Yosemite, but like most Tahoe granite, isn't as glasslike.

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

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

Areas

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Style
Routes
Ticks
Height
Grades
Lizard Head sector
 Aid climbing,  Top roping and other styles
6
4
30ft
1
 Trad climbing,  Rock climbing and other styles
32
58
110ft
5
21
102
72ft
4
True Grit sector
2
1
39ft
 Trad climbing,  Rock climbing and other styles
13
4
89ft

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