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Emerald Point is the enormous mountain on the right visible from the Eagle Lake Trailhead. Near the bottom of the mountain, several steep South facing buttresses guard the 9187 foot summit. I'm guessing the buttresses start around 8000 feet.
Take the Eagle Lake Trail towards Eagle Lake. After a few minutes, the trail splits. Take the split on the right towards the Lookout / Vista. This trail dead-ends after a few switch backs at a small rounded summit with a good view. Leave the trail here and hike past the 90 Foot Wall. (The stream will be on your left hand side.) Follow a vague trail up the mountain side which traverses leftwards towards the cliffs. Expect a bit of manzanita bushwhacking on steep and sandy hillside. We encountered a 5th class gully near the base of the main buttresses. The approach may take about 2 hours.
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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
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