Eagle Creek Canyon Rock Climbing
Eagle Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
This area, located on the west side of Lake Tahoe just west of Emerald Bay offers incredible climbing of all varieties and grades with magnificent views of the nearby lake. Most of the climbing in Eagle Creek is on featured granite, which will cook in the sun on a hot day. It is possible to climb many of the rocks year round when they are dry.
The climbing areas here (except maybe the Mayhem Cove vicinity) are almost entirely inside the Tahoe Basin Management Unit side of the Desolation Wilderness, so double-check the latest official information at their website
. As always, the wilderness ethic forbids power drills, and prefers the cleanest climbing possible. The trailhead has a self-registration box and sign that you should use before entering; at prime time there's often a friendly ranger there in person. You can camp anywhere you want in the Canyon, but you need a wilderness permit first. Overnight permits can be obtained in person 20 minutes south along highway 89 in South Lake Tahoe, or with advance planning through the wilderness website.
From the South: Head North along highway 89 out of South Lake Tahoe towards Homewood and Tahoe City. Travel about 10 miles to the Eagle Falls Trailhead, which is located alongside the large Emerald Bay. Park along the road for free, or park in the Eagle Lake lot for $2. The walk from the road to the parking lot takes about 45 seconds.
From the North: Travel south on Highway 89 out of Tahoe City towards Homewood and South Lake Tahoe. Travel about 20 miles to the Eagle Falls Trailhead.
Weather station 7.0 miles from here
93 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',35],['2 Stars',38],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Eagle Creek Canyon
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All American Finger Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA
: Tahoe Vicinity
: ... : Emerald Point
Stellar finger to hand crack high above Emerald Bay near South Lake Tahoe, CA.The first pitch follows the splitter crack to a flake traverse which leads to a large, sloping platform. In the back corner of this platform is a belay with a great stance. Belay takes .3-2". The crux of the route, a one move grovel, that can be protected well, is right off the belay, so build the anchor accordingly. After the crux move, follow easy 5th/4th until you reach the downclimb on climbers left. Belay her...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Eagle Lake Buttress. Photo by Blitzo.
Andy Doehring on Spread Eagle Roof. This roof fell...
Emerald Bay from top of Eagle Falls. Photo by Blit...
By Scott Rice
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 8, 2010
Don't park on the bridge right above Eagle Falls. Just got a ticket today.
Aug 25, 2012
yeah, that is a $35 ticket for parking on the "sidewalk." There are no signs warning of the violation.
By Kristoffer Schmarr
From: 2nd Cornfield
Nov 12, 2013
Should all the trailhead names in the 'Getting There' section be Eagle FALLS trailhead?
By Justin Johnsen
Aug 14, 2014
Thanks Kristoffer, updated the trailhead name.