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Deep Creek Crags  

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 39.26141, -120.23308 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Patrick Mulligan on Jun 3, 2013
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A series of crags running almost a mile just below the north ridge line of Deep Creek Canyon. Most of the rock faces somewhat South (Southeast, South and Southwest). The rock is Volcanic and very similar to Big Chief. There are good views of Big Chief from Deep Creek. There are some very good routes here, but some of them need more traffic. There are many styles of routes here. Some Trad, some sport routes, and some mixed routes are all present.

Getting There 

I've heard about the crags for years, but when they appeared in the new guide I was hopeful that they would be easy to find. The directions are not horrible, but they're not great either. Here's a link to the parking area described for the East End Areas in the North Tahoe Locals guide.


Climbing Season

6 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Deep Creek Crags:
Unknown 5.6   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 70'   The Arena
Jitters   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 70'   The Arena
Climb Like a Madman   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Arena
Oh, my my!   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   The Arena
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Laine exiting the crux and heading into the sustained face

Oh, my my! 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : The Arena
We started directly below the 2nd bolt at the base of a short roof. Climb up to the roof, place a cam, pull the roof and clip the bolt (crux). Continue up a splitter. Follow the bolt line left then back right. Great exposure! The original line traverses in right from near Yosemite Crack....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Laine
From: Reno, NV
Jun 5, 2013
Ya done blown the lid off this area! TFPU
By Patrick Mulligan
Jul 8, 2013
Upon a recent visit, I noticed two things. A couple of bolts have sprouted in the last month, and the bolts on top of Jitters, Oh My My, and Berry Jerry have one bolt with some of the sleeve showing where rock has either broken away or the nature of the rock prevented a completely flush placement. They still appear to be solid, however.
By Ashinynickel
Sep 8, 2013
Despite the guidebook saying that a high clearance vehicle is "recommended", I would say it is necessary to go all the way. You can definitely get close-ish with a normal car and some careful driving.

I had a medium clearance AWD SUV and was able to make it to within 300 yards of the West End parking lot to a one car pull out on the right. After that there was a bump that was too steep for my car to go over without bottoming out. Before that there were two bumps where we had to get out and place logs in the road so that my SUV didn't bottom out.