Steve Schneider on "Shut Up and Climb. Photo by Bl...
Cave Rock State Park, located on The East Shore of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is home to Cave Rock. Tessie, The Loch Tahoe Monster is said to live in the lake near-by. I've never seen her. There was a climb named after her. The rock is sacred to The Washoe Tribe, as legend has it The Washoe people would bury their dead in the lake below. A battle was also fought here between Washoe and Piute over hunting grounds and such. People scrambled around here for years, two tunnels were blasted through the rock for Highway 50 to pass through, some routes were done, a lot of beer was drank and bottles were broken. A lot of garbage was left behind, but the rock was mostly ignorred until the 1987, when Tahoe locals discovered the true potential of the crag. The climbers came and cleaned up the area and began to bolt up new routes of high quality. Developement started in the Kona Wall area and the Lower Cave area. A few routes were added on The West Face above the old highway. Developement started in The Main Cave in 1989. The Washoe people decided that the tunnels were okay and also the hiking trail to the top, but rock climbing is unacceptable. Cave Rock is now closed to rock climbing and the bolts have been removed. Do not try to climb there. This is posted only for historical significance.
From Stateline/South Shore, take Highway 50 north, past Zeypher Cove. After a few miles Cave Rock will come into view. Shortly before the rock itself will be State Park parking on the left. A fee is charged.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cave Rock:
"The Washoe people decided that the tunnels were okay and also the hiking trail to the top, but rock climbing is unacceptable"
hmmm... i would have thought the people groping/ loving the rock itself were the MOST pious... some d-bag can drive a land rover through a tunnel that was blasted with dynamite and paved but you can't take your shirt off and clip some bolts? i smell b.s. on the wind from the north