Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
90 Foot Wall

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Alias Emil Bart TR 
Bachar's Line TR 
Bastille TR 
Casual Observer T,TR 
Dave's Run T,TR 
Fallout T,TR 
Holdless Horror T,TR 
Ice Nine T,TR 
Lightning Bolt TR 
Lost In Space T,TR 
Never Ending Story TR 
Polar Circus TR 
Relativity TR 
Rentier T,TR 
Ripoff T,TR 
Shuman The Human T,TR 
Strontium 90 T,TR 
Tis-si-ack TR 
Vintage 85 T,TR 
Wide Boy T,TR 

90 Foot Wall Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 38.9506, -120.1165 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 15,710
Administrators: Aron Quiter, John Robinson, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Brian Quiter on Aug 26, 2004


49° | 36°

44° | 34°

45° | 34°

45° | 36°

48° | 36°
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [1 person likes this page.]
BETA PHOTO: Ninety Foot Wall (Left). The prominent crack on t...


About 90' tall (whoddathunk it?), 90 foot wall is a well-featured granite cliff that is very popular and easily top-roped... thus making it often crowded!

The wall provides a good selection of easy to moderate climbs - both face and crack. To set up top ropes, walk around to left. Most climbs have bolts up top, but it is wise to back them up because some of them are old, and all of them see a lot of action.

Gets sun in the mornings, so climb early in cold weather and late when its warm.

Getting There 

Walk out of the Eagle Creek Canyon parking lot away from Emerald Bay and follow the waterfall trail (the big trail). After a few hundered feet, the path splits, go right and follow the loop trail. A little while later, the Vista trail trail heads up and off to the right. Take it. Right before the bench that you may sit on to enjoy the beautiful vista, the trail turns sharply right. Don't turn right. Leave the trail and keep going straight over the large slabby rock, and about 150 feet later, 90' wall will appear on your right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 90 Foot Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 90 Foot Wall:
Holdless Horror   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Strontium 90   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   
Fallout   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Vintage 85   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
Ice Nine   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Ripoff   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Lightning Bolt   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Tis-si-ack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch   
Lost In Space   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in 90 Foot Wall

Featured Route For 90 Foot Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Corbett on "Fallout". Photo by Blit...

Fallout 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : 90 Foot Wall
Obvious striking crack up center of wall. Follow jugs to a ledge. Step into the crack and jam away! One of the best climbs on the wall....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of 90 Foot Wall Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A few of the routes on 90 Foot Wall
BETA PHOTO: A few of the routes on 90 Foot Wall

Comments on 90 Foot Wall Add Comment
Show which comments
By Ian G.
From: PDX, OR
May 25, 2009
I thought this place was really fun. My partner and I had hiked all the way out to Eagle Lake and had found the place really crowded. After mulling the options we came hear. I had always avoided this place because I heard it sucked, it was crowded, it's only toproping...blah blah. I had a great time. The 5.9 crack up the middle of the cliff was just plain fun. This isn't the place to go if you want to crank out testpieces, but for an afternoon of climbing it's pretty good.
By JGHarrison
From: Reno, NV
May 31, 2012

This place gets a lot of action, and is fun for cranking out a few climbs after work or whatever. Every time I go there, however, dogs are running around getting in everyone's way. They walk on my rope, snarl at each other, etc. If you want to bring your dog fine, but keep it leashed at the bottom of the climb you are on.
By CronDoja
Jan 15, 2014
we let our dogs run around to keep the tourist and dog haters away
By Jared Moore
From: Tahoe City, CA
Feb 1, 2014
Does anyone know the conditions since the last storm event we had?
By Tristan B
From: La Crescenta, CA
Apr 7, 2015
I left a BD #3 blue cam at the 90 ft wall on 3/19. It was only like 4 ft off the ground as a dog anchor. Hopefully someone found it and can get it back to me. I checked a week after and it was gone, hopefully they don't think it's booty.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Apr 8, 2015
Tristan....I wish I could say that I've never done something like that, but we all do occasionally. I hope that you get your #3 BD cam back. Dogs are fun, but like children they add another layer of organization and responsibility to an outing. Good karma points to the person that returns Tristan's cam. It's often complicated trying to reunite lost gear with its owner, especially when its not evident that the gear is lost, but as this cam was only 4 feet off the ground you should suspect that it wasn't intentionally left. If in doubt, seek the owner out.
By iceaxe5
From: Cedaredge, CO
Apr 20, 2015
Conflict at 90 Foot Wall / Emerald Bay / Tahoe

"Guideline #1: don't be a jerk"

That applies when out climbing, not just on this forum.

Took the whole family to 90 foot wall, which is well known to be "family friendly" due to a large staging area for the kids to stay clear of the wall when not climbing. Reality in climbing today is a legion of kids we are teaching to be amazing climbers who need rock time.

But then there's always the macho man with a finance and something to prove who wants to start fights under people's climbing lines because he wants the routes to himself.

Here's reality: popular places like 90 foot wall are not going to become unpopular any time soon. There's no room for people to always have their own ropes up. Use good manners and ask people if you can either ride their line (if you feel comfortable with their set up) or ask them if you may replace the line with yours. But trying to start fights over it and trying to intimidate people will not work.

In fact, you might just get your teeth knocked out in front of your fiancé for your troubles.

So let's review:
"Guideline #1: don't be a jerk"
And, popular routes are crowded. Get over it.
By iceaxe5
From: Cedaredge, CO
Apr 20, 2015
Now, for the 'normal' comments:

1. Great place to take the family. Everyone we met were very cool with one exception noted above.
2. Be aware you may ride someone else's line. Try not to hog a route if possible.
3. Great routes for beginners and intermediates.
4. PLEASE do not urinate or defecate within 200 feet of the river. We found quite a bit of toilet paper and fecal material along the river edge. There is a restroom 200 yards from the cliff. Please use proper sanitary field procedures if you must...

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!