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Eagle Creek Canyon  

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Eagle Falls.
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This area, located on the west side of Lake Tahoe just west of Emerald Bay offers incredible climbing of all varieties and grades with magnificent views of the nearby lake. Most of the climbing in Eagle Creek is on featured granite, which will cook in the sun on a hot day. It is possible to climb many of the rocks year round when they are dry.

You can camp anywhere you want in the Canyon, though you need a wilderness permit which can be obtained 20 minutes south around the lake in South Lake Tahoe.

Getting There 

From the South: Head North along highway 89 out of South Lake Tahoe towards Homewood and Tahoe City. Travel about 10 miles to the Eagle Falls Trailhead, which is located alongside the large Emerald Bay. Park along the road for free, or park in the Eagle Lake lot for $2. The walk from the road to the parking lot takes about 45 seconds.

From the North: Travel south on Highway 89 out of Tahoe City towards Homewood and South Lake Tahoe. Travel about 20 miles to the Eagle Falls Trailhead.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.0 miles from here

85 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',35],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Eagle Creek Canyon:
Eagle Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad   Eagle Lake Buttress
Holdless Horror   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 70'   90 Foot Wall
East Ridge Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Eagle Lake Buttress
Strontium 90   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR   90 Foot Wall
Unkown Chimney   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Eagle Lake Cliff
Fallout   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   90 Foot Wall
Car Jacker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Mayhem Cove
Space Truckin'   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad   Eagle Lake Cliff
Phallucy aka Cubic Zarconia   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Mayhem Cove
Diamond   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Mayhem Cove
Buster Brown   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad   Eagle Lake Cliff
Lightning Bolt   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   90 Foot Wall
Off The Wall   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   Eagle Lake Cliff
Seams to Me   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad   Eagle Lake Cliff
Quest for Glory   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   Eagle Lake Cliff
Skullduggery   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Mayhem Cove
Eye of the Eagle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Eagle Creek Cliff
DWI   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Mayhem Cove
Space Walk   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch   Eagle Lake Cliff
Cajun Hell   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Mayhem Cove
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Featured Route For Eagle Creek Canyon
Rick Cashner at the crux, on the first free ascent of "Space Walk" 5.11c. 1979. <br />Photo by Blitzo.

Space Walk 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Eagle Lake Cliff
It was once said that this crack would never go free!In 1979, Rick Cashner and Angie Morales hiked up there to check it out. They climbed a crack, thinking it was "Space Walk". Rick thought "That wasn't that bad. What's the big deal?".He then walked a little farther and found "Space Walk" overhanging above him. He was blown away and knew that he had to have it!When looking up at Eagle Lake Cliff, one will notice an obvious, detatched spire on the right.This is "Off The Wall"."Space Walk" follows...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Eagle Creek Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Eagle Lake Buttress. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Eagle Lake Buttress.
Photo by Blitzo.
Andy Doehring on Spread Eagle Roof. <br />This roof fell away in 1980 and the route no longer exists. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Andy Doehring on Spread Eagle Roof.
This roof fell...
Emerald Bay from top of Eagle Falls. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Emerald Bay from top of Eagle Falls.
Photo by Blit...

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By Scott Rice
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 8, 2010
Don't park on the bridge right above Eagle Falls. Just got a ticket today.
By Kevo
Aug 25, 2012
yeah, that is a $35 ticket for parking on the "sidewalk." There are no signs warning of the violation.
By Kristoffer Schmarr
From: 2nd Cornfield
Nov 12, 2013
Should all the trailhead names in the 'Getting There' section be Eagle FALLS trailhead?
By Justin Johnsen
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 14, 2014
Thanks Kristoffer, updated the trailhead name.