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Eagle Creek Canyon  


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Eagle Falls. Photo by Blitzo.

Description 

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.

The climbing areas here (except maybe the Mayhem Cove vicinity) are almost entirely inside the Tahoe Basin Management Unit side of the Desolation Wilderness, so double-check the latest official information at their website. As always, the wilderness ethic forbids power drills, and prefers the cleanest climbing possible. The trailhead has a self-registration box and sign that you should use before entering; at prime time there's often a friendly ranger there in person. You can camp anywhere you want in the Canyon, but you need a wilderness permit first. Overnight permits can be obtained in person 20 minutes south along highway 89 in South Lake Tahoe, or with advance planning through the wilderness website.

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.

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Weather station 7.0 miles from here

88 Total Routes

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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, 2 pitches   Eagle Lake Buttress
Holdless Horror   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   90 Foot Wall
East Ridge Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Eagle Lake Buttress
Unkown Chimney   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Eagle Lake Cliff
Strontium 90   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   90 Foot Wall
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
Lightning Bolt   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   90 Foot Wall
Buster Brown   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad   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
Eye of the Eagle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Eagle Creek Cliff
Skullduggery   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Mayhem Cove
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
Huntin' Gator   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Mayhem Cove
Cajun Hell   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Mayhem Cove
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Space Truckin' 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Eagle Lake Cliff
This exceptional crack climb, starts in the first crack left and around the corner from "Spacewalk". Climb this crack and corner to the top. Lots of liebacking with great rests between several crux sections 10-15 feet long....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Eagle Creek Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Eagle Lake Buttress. Photo by Blitzo.
Eagle Lake Buttress. Photo by Blitzo.
Andy Doehring on Spread Eagle Roof. This roof fell...
Andy Doehring on Spread Eagle Roof. This roof fell...
Emerald Bay from top of Eagle Falls. Photo by Blit...
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
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 14, 2014
Thanks Kristoffer, updated the trailhead name.
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