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Elevation: 5,500'
Lat, Long: 39.4443, -120.656 Map Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Kurt Swanson on Jan 13, 2012
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View looking east from the top of the southern dam...

Description 

Bowman Valley (sometimes called Bowman Lake) is a series of secluded crags beneath the Bowman Lake Dam where a number of easy to difficult sport climbs have been developed in recent years, with great deal of sport climbing development opportunity here. The rock is heavily textured granite, with excellent friction, and ranges from slab to overhanging roofs with permadraws.

Free camping can be had here, and the only traffic the road gets is National Forest staff, ATV enthusiasts, and climbers. There is excellent swimming in the lake by climbing above Larry Land onto the damn and crossing over the spillway.


Getting There 

The approach varies depending upon the vehicle used to enter on the National Forest, but a rental car can usually make it within a few miles of the approach trailheads. A good SUV can take you all the way. Take Bowman Lake Road off of Highway 20, usually approached via I80. See the GPS location for the precise location of the area to park in (park alongside the road near the bridge).


51 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',3],['5.8',4],['5.9',3],['5.10',11],['5.11',17],['5.12',10],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Bowman Valley:
Candy Land   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Candy Land
Rock n Rolla   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Candy Land
Pork Chop   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Boy Scout Wall
Flying the Coop   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Boy Scout Wall
Hello Larry   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Larry Land
Hot Rod   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 65'   Larry Land
Last Boy Scout   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Boy Scout Wall
Larry Land   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 75'   Larry Land
Super Natural   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 60'   Larry Land
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Sanam warming up on RocknRolla 5.9. Candy Land, Bowman Valley. photo: jim thornburg  <br />

Rock n Rolla 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Candy Land
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Mike Carville on the Porn Star .12b. Larry Land, Bowman Lake, CA. photo: jim thornburg
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Sanam on Rock n Rolla .9. Candy Land, Bowman Valley, CA. photo: jim thornburg
Sanam on Rock n Rolla .9. Candy Land, Bowman Valle...
Josh Horniak on the first ascent of Larry Land .11c. Bowman Valley, CA.
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Larry Land. Bowman Lake, CA.
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Hansi Standtheiner on the third ascent of Thrillbilly .11d Bowman Lake, CA.
Hansi Standtheiner on the third ascent of Thrillbi...
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Josh on Sub Text .12a.
Bowman Valley from Windy Point.
Bowman Valley from Windy Point.
Simeon and Mike on Predator 11d. The Cove. Bowman Lakes.
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Gabe Metzger on Super Natural .11c. Larry Land, Bowman, Ca.
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By jesselyb
From: Sioux Falls, SD
Jan 13, 2012

Anyone have specific route info? I hear there's supposed to be a guidebook coming out with Bowman in it, but anybody want to help a guy out in the mean time?

By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Jan 13, 2012

Kurt, the wall you called "Steve's Slab Crag" is actually called 'The Funhouse."

...and as far as more info, there will be a new guidebook in the near future.

By Kurt Swanson
From: Philadelphia, PA
Jan 14, 2012

some info about routes at Larry Land can be gleaned here:

www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1543346

Having been there myself, I have just two pieces of beta to offer: easy stuff, go to the funhouse, hard stuff go to Larry Land.

By mike carville
Feb 16, 2013

Bowman Valley off I-80/Hwy 20 past the Emeralds (13 miles). Some of the best moderate sport cragging in the Tahoe area. So far about 70 routes - mostly 5.8 - 5.12. Free camping, excellent swimming. Larry Land lies below the cement dam/Bowman Lake, Candy Land and the Cove across the flume base of the descent road (Windy Point). Plus Scott Land, Ire Land, B-Word. All offer excellent climbing of all grades. Cheers.

By Aerili
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 20, 2013

Thanks for posting this area up!

By mike carville
Apr 8, 2013

road to bowman is snow free as of 3.30.13. Game on!

By John M Ross
Jul 4, 2013

so many effing bugs here!! but the amazing climbing makes up for it, well worth the trip out!!