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Snowshed Wall

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Snowshed Wall 

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Snowshed offers both trad and sport climbing on mostly vertical walls up to ~80 feet. Much of the area can be top roped, by hiking around either side of the formation.The numerous faces on Snowshed allow for either sun or shade depending on your desires.The climbing facing the road and approach (the north face) is mostly trad, with higher concentrations of sport climbs to the right, and around the corner to the left (the east face).

Getting There 

Upon reaching the Donner Pass climbing area, continue on Donner Pass Road. On your right, further away at first, there will be an easily noticable wall facing the road. After going over the small bridge, the road bends right. A few pullouts later there will be a blue outhouse on the right, this is the pullout for Snowshed. The path to the wall heads directly away from the road, across the stream, then straight to the north face (~2 minute walk). Upon arriving at the rock you're beneath a boulder from which Bell Bottom Blues, Manic Depression and many other crack climbs begin.Navigating around the rock is rather straight-forward, its another ~3 minute walk to the left (around and up a big slabby piece) to reach the east-facing climbs. On the east face, the super-sustained 'Little Feat' (5.10d) is located directly on the blunt arete facing you as you approach.

45 Total Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Snowshed Wall:
Composure   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Telegraph Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Mole's Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
Hair Shirt   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Nova Express   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad   
Bottomless Topless   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Jam Session   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 70'   
Molar Concentration   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 60'   
Farewell to Arms   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad   
The Thing   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Little Feat   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Aerial   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Karl's Gym   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Peter Principle   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Bypass   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 80'   
Disciples Of the New Wave   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Manic Depression   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad   
Monkey Paws   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, TR, 70'   
Panic in Detroit   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Trad, TR, 65'   
Cannibals   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Zachary working Little Feat on TR, as seen from up the gully to the right.

Little Feat 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Snowshed Wall
Little Feat is located on the blunt arete directly facing you as you first arrive at the east-facing routes on Snowshed wall. There are five or six crux moves on the route punctuated by a couple of good rests....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Beavis
Sep 8, 2003

There are some high quality routes here, but my favorite part of this area is the bouldering on top of the wall.

Above the east face, look for an overhanging lip traverse requiring heel hooks and monkey moves. Right next to it is a tall golden face with reachy crimp moves. Over on the western side of the summit are some more problems, overhangs and traverses.

A good way to finish off your day!

By Blitzo
Sep 25, 2006

Snowshed is great! Pretty crowded though.

By slk
From: Reno, NV
Sep 7, 2012

I believe this area is actually called Snowhed Wall.

By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Sep 24, 2012

the incredibly "accurate" tahoe guide calls it snowhed. I second slk's action.