Eagle Rock is an outcrop of volcanic welded tuff on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Only a few minutes uphill from the pull-out, there are five to ten bolted lines. Some look a little more "adventurous". But there's several well-bolted routes too. These routes aren't listed in any guidebook, so there's no ratings or route names known.
Drive three miles south on Hwy 89 from Tahoe City to Eagle Rock. Park in the pull-out on the west side of the highway immediately past Eagle Rock. The majority of the routes are on the southeast corner of Eagle Rock, and also on the nearby east and south aspects.
I live in Minden. Don't know the west shore very well. Can anyone give me a better idea how far away Eagle Rock is from Tahoe City? Or better yet I'll be driving up from the South. How far is Eagle Rock from Emerald Bay or Meeks Bay? How do you know which rock is Eagle Rock? THANKS
The directions are pretty much spot on - Eagle Rock is immediately off the road - so immediate that they cut into it to engineer the roadbed. Its also the only rock in site at this point of the road, so you really shouldn't miss it! Its 3 miles from the city limit sign or 4.7 miles from the 89/28 stop light in Tahoe City. Using Google Maps, that's 6.4 miles north of Meeks Bay. Of course, its under a lot of snow right now - but you probably know that!! :)
Have a fun adventure, and let me know what you think!
My girlfriend and I have scouted out this rock a couple times now -- we just moved here. We found and climbed 3 bolted routes, so far, that are safe and fun to climb. There were a few other lines that seemed to have a few bolts towards the bottom but disappear soon after. Maybe they exist, not sure. The area we climbed today was the wall located just above the steep rock face right next to the road. I am really baffled as to why the 3 established routes have no name or grade. One would think that the person bolting would have passed on that information. IMHO (and I could be a bit off), going from left to right, I would give the routes ratings of 5.8, 5.10b/c, and 5.9. To the right of these lines a little ways are the 2 or 3 other lines I mentioned before. There are plenty of places around the rock where a TR could be setup. I'm curious to see how this rock develops, as there seems to be a lot of room for future lines to go up. Hope this helps anyone whose thinking of going out and climbing Eagle Rock. Pretty fun climbing, especially if you live around Tahoma, with it being so close. The next few days will be really nice for climbing. Little bit of snow to get through to get to the wall, but there is no snow on the actual wall itself.