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Scale Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.9155, -121.0145 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Jan 20, 2003

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This colorful and featured limestone rock lives up to it's name. The rock was ground down by some sort of mining, and now contains many features that are definately not natural. Provided that you get over that, some of the routes on this wall are quite fun!

Ranging in height from 40 feet to 70 feet, there are routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.11, most of them sustained. All routes are bolted, but if you enjoy cheating death, you can also lead many of the limestone routes using protection. Some of the rock is still quite loose, so double and triple check any and all placements.

Getting There 

Estimated time from the parking lot: 20 minutes.

From the entrance to the Auburn Cliffs Valley, this is the rock on your immediate left that looks like it's been devoured by a huge machine.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Scale Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Scale Wall:
M+M   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Unknown   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Scale Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Best route at the cliffs.

Unknown 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Scale Wall
Climb the second route from the right on the Scale wall, just to the left of Landslide (5.8). Climbing is sustained up the crack, keep moving so you don't run out of gas! Well protected, though still dirty in the top sections.The top of the route is considerably simpler, but you've got 45 feet of traversy crack before you get there!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Scale Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Scale Wall, Landslide 5.8 next to unknown 5.10c
BETA PHOTO: Scale Wall, Landslide 5.8 next to unknown 5.10c
Rock Climbing Photo: the most fun route on the scale wall, very easy bu...
the most fun route on the scale wall, very easy bu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Scale Wall on a frosty winter day.
BETA PHOTO: Scale Wall on a frosty winter day.
Rock Climbing Photo: Scale Wall
Scale Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: you will find interesting features on this rock
you will find interesting features on this rock
Rock Climbing Photo: scale wall
scale wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Ela Nordahl climbing
Ela Nordahl climbing

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By Chandler Heppe
From: Nevada City, CA
Jan 3, 2014
Really didn't enjoy this wall, every route is terribly dirty. It has some moderately rated climbs for beginners but even for that there are way better places to learn than this wall coated in dirt and apoxy.
By Rough
Jan 4, 2014
Just to be clear, there is not a single route on the Scale Wall with any epoxy. As for the dirt, it is a Quarry and you are climbing there in the winter which will be its "dirtiest" time. I do agree and will say though the Scale Wall is a face that does get a solid coating of dirt every winter due to how it sheds water / mud from the top of the cliff during rain. Come back in late spring through fall for cleaner climbing on this wall.

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