Bliss ... the name is fitting. This is arguably one of Tahoe's finest bouldering areas. Nestled on the waters edge along Tahoe west shore, Bliss state park is peppered with free standing granite erratics ranging from pee wees to towering horror shows.
The area is separated into three smaller zones, north, central, and south Bliss. While the central sector holds the most consistent concentration, each area has a unique character, and enough problems to be worth repeat visits.
Besides its easy access, and close proximity to Tahoe... The quality of the problems here is really what sets Bliss apart from a lot of other areas. Big lines on thin granite features, complex technical sequences, and good landings, give this place an aesthetic quality all it's own. Tips can get shredded quick here though, so it's smart to choose your objectives wisely.
Summers can get hot as there is not a lot of cover, but a morning session can easily be followed by a dip in the lake. In spring and fall, bliss really comes into its own as cooler temps make for awesome friction opening up some of the more classic lines.
West shore Lake Tahoe, heading south, after tahoma, but before Emerald bay. Look for the turn outs, each area has one.
A proud new line at South Bliss, Ground Zero sits, remarkably, 20 feet from the long time classic Rusty Nail, but clearly had never been climbed as of 5.4.11 ... This stellar left hand arete is guarded by a tough jump start to catch a positive right facing sidepull.... from there its 20 feet of smears and slaps to a less than positive high rollin' top out.Ground zero is a world class line and an awesome addition to an already great area. Its remarkable this giant gold wall sat unsent for so man...[more]Browse More Classics in CA