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School Rock is a large, 2 pitch granite slab that will be on your left as you descend from Sugar Bowl and ASI or on your right as you ascend from Donner Lake. There is shoulder parking below the rock, a parking lot at the bridge 1/4 mile below and the Sugar Bowl parking lot 1 mile above. You can also hike in on the PCT from Boreal Ski Resort. The rock is bomber granite that is pretty clean and takes medium gear. Many people solo it because of the walk off and low angle. To descend, walk west (left) once you reach the top and find a gully that will take you back to the base. Real shoes or sandals are recommended.
Take hwy 80 east from the Bay Area and exit at the Sugar Bowl ski resort exit. Follow signs to the ski area but do not stop there, pass it on your right. Continue on Old Highway 40 (Donner Pass Rd) towards Donner Lake. The rock will be the first large formation on your left and there will be a short (30') cliff below it alongside the road.
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Kindergarten Crack 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Junior High 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Mary's Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 260'
Eleventh Grade Corner 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 50'
Senior Prom 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Teacher's Pet 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Metal Shop 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Karl's Overhang 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch
Unknown 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'
Short Subject 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
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Karl's Overhang 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : School Rock
Climb a beautiful, yet sustained 15 foot overhanging roof crack, located to the left of Short Subject.Absolutely stellar yet challenging hand/fist jams to a fantastic pull at the lip.Becareful, deck potential is possible if not careful on this route!...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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