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Tahoe Vicinity  


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Emerald Bay. Photo by Blitzo.

Description 

Beautiful, spacious, and often daunting, the Sierra Nevada in the Lake Tahoe area contains some of the best summer climbing in California. The area is almost entirely covered in climbable rock, and route setters will delight at the bounty of untouched potential.

Consisting mostly of granite, with a few basaltic exceptions, you will find climbs off all types, from the long traditional and sport routes at Lover's Leap, to the pumpy tall bouldering found EVERYWHERE, but most notably Donner and Pack Saddle Passes.

Climbing is year round in some places, though most areas are covered in snow from the first snow (usually in October or November) until March - June depending on altitude and direction of the rock.

Access is at most of the region's crags, especially in the public lands of the Tahoe and Eldorado National Forests. The Desolation and Granite Chief Wilderness areas have regulations you should learn about before visiting, but for day use, you can self-register for free at the major trail heads leading into them.

Places to stay are plentiful, from BLM camping, organized campgrounds, lodges, cheap hotels, to even four star hotels in Reno and South Lake Tahoe.

Getting There 

From the Bay Area, head up Highway 80 to Sacramento, where you will either head up into the hills either on 80, 50, or 89, depending on where you're going.

From Reno, head up Highway 80 to go to North Lake destinations, or down highway 395 , and then West on highway 89 into South Lake Tahoe.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.8 miles from here

1,350 Total Routes

['4 Stars',112],['3 Stars',541],['2 Stars',499],['1 Star',163],['Bomb',6]
['<=5.6',60],['5.7',61],['5.8',116],['5.9',186],['5.10',404],['5.11',274],['5.12',106],['5.13',13],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',22],['V2-3',69],['V4-5',24],['V6-7',9],['V8-9',5],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tahoe Vicinity:
Corrugation Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
Surrealistic Pillar   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 270'   Lover's Leap : Lower Buttress
Bear's Reach   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
The Perfect Lie Back   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 60'   The Fortress : Sun Wall Area
Haystack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
Fear of Flying   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Phantom Spires : Upper Spire
Nova Express   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   Donner Pass : Snowshed Wall
Black September   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Donner Pass : Black Wall
One Hand Clapping   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Donner Pass : Black Wall
The Line   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
Traveler Buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
Touch A Cannibal   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Donner Pass : Black Wall
Hospital Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 240'   Lover's Leap : West Wall
Surrealistic Pillar Direct   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lover's Leap : Lower Buttress
One Of These Days   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   Cloudburst Canyon : One Of These Days Buttress
Candyland   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad   Phantom Spires : Middle Spire
The Fracture   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad   Sugarloaf : Sugarloaf, East Face
Boot Hill   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
The Hand of God   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   The Fortress : Wood Hood
Space Walk   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch   Eagle Creek Canyon : Eagle Lake Cliff
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Featured Route For Tahoe Vicinity
Leah cruising on Quoia the Destroya.

Quoia the Destroya 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : 2nd Alcove
Named after an especially fierce dog named Sequoia, this climb is tame in comparison. What appears from the ground to be a skin-eating offwidth replete with loose blocks is actually an enjoyable outing on mostly solid rock. After an opening moves crux that serves up the only mandatory OW moves on the pitch, Quoia the Destroya offers fun, steep moves on solidly wedged flakes. After about 50' make an exposed move left under the bulge (blue camalot helpful) and follow the left-leaning crack to a l...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Desolation Wilderness. Photo by Blitzo.
Desolation Wilderness. Photo by Blitzo.
December sunset from just south of Sand Harbor. No...
December sunset from just south of Sand Harbor. No...
Speaks for itself  January 2011
Speaks for itself January 2011
Tahoe Glass
Tahoe Glass
Brett making friends with the locals on Mt. Tallac...
Brett making friends with the locals on Mt. Tallac...
An Osprey perched high above Fallen leaf lake
An Osprey perched high above Fallen leaf lake
Fanette Island, Emerald Bay. Photo by Blitzo.
Fanette Island, Emerald Bay. Photo by Blitzo.
Tahoe East Shore. Photo by Blitzo.
Tahoe East Shore. Photo by Blitzo.
Hand Crack on the way to Chimney Beach, photo take...
Hand Crack on the way to Chimney Beach, photo take...
lovin tahoe
lovin tahoe
The Desolation wilderness from Mt. Tallac
The Desolation wilderness from Mt. Tallac
Tahoe Beer.
Tahoe Beer.
Busy day on the summit of Mt. Tallac
Busy day on the summit of Mt. Tallac
20 minute crag
20 minute crag
welcome to the lake
welcome to the lake
Tahoe keys from the summit of Mt. Tallac
Tahoe keys from the summit of Mt. Tallac
Tahoe Beer conetop can, 1940s.
Tahoe Beer conetop can, 1940s.
Shawn Watson's stunning photo of the fabulous Stee...
Shawn Watson's stunning photo of the fabulous Stee...
Alpine lilies. Photo by Blitzo.
Alpine lilies. Photo by Blitzo.
Geese. Photo by Blitzo.
Geese. Photo by Blitzo.
Lake Tahoe from "The Cave", 1987. Cave R...
Lake Tahoe from "The Cave", 1987. Cave R...
Tahoe climbing pioneer Paul Crawford, his dog Call...
Tahoe climbing pioneer Paul Crawford, his dog Call...
Beginning the hike to Mt. Tallac with fallen leaf ...
Beginning the hike to Mt. Tallac with fallen leaf ...

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By Aerili
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 26, 2010
With regard to the weather link at the top of the page (or any of the Tahoe Vicinity pages): I would ALWAYS use noaa.gov vs underground.com when researching the Tahoe area forecasts. Much more accurate!!
By Andrew Cassidy
Jul 2, 2014
Knowing nothing about the area... I'm going to be there in August. What are the best places to escape the summer heat? I'm mostly interested in bouldering, but as well I climb trad and sport. In regards to bouldering, I noticed 3 different bouldering guidebooks. Which one would be best for summer spots. Thanks!
By Brian S
Dec 3, 2014
I would check out the high country during summer. My favorite is Summit Lake area near Donner Pass. Bouldering Lake Tahoe-North/West covers that area.