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Horseshoe Canyon  

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Horseshoe Canyon currently contains some of the tougher climbing in the Auburn Cliffs area, with routes up to 5.12c. This includes a project, which would be the presumed .12c. This area is still very much under development, with new routes going up every once in a while.

The right side of Horseshoe Canyon itself is over 200 feet in height, though most of the current routes don't go any further than 75.

All existing routes in Horseshoe Canyon are bolted, though one climb should definately be backed up with protection, as the bolts are not good.

Getting There 

Estimated apporach time from the parking lot: 21 minutes.

From the entrance to the Auburn Cliffs Valley, head past the Memorial Wall and Scale wall into the first canyon on the left. This is horseshoe Canyon.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Horseshoe Canyon:
Diagon Alley   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Unknown 5.10a   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Uncomfortably Dumb   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Vacavillain   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Unknown   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Human Oddity   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Animal Style   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Human Oddity 5.12a Auburn.  One of the, if not THE...

Human Oddity 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Horseshoe Canyon
To find this climb, look into Horseshoe Canyon. You will see bolted routes on the right-hand wall (extending back towards the "horseshoe"). This climb follows the leftmost set of bolts on that wall.This climb has a little bit of everything. Start with an easy jug haul to a roof section involving an interesting, slopey hole. Continue, and enjoy a slabby/crimpy section followed by more vertical and overhung fun.There are primarily two difficult sections on this climb: the roof leading from the...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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