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Island Lake Boulders

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Island Lake Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 39.3988, -120.62145 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, John Robinson, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Kelley Gilleran on Jun 30, 2014
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Island Lake. You can see the fire lookout on Grous...

Getting There 

From Sacramento take 80 east to the 20 and head west. Turn right on Bowman Lake Rd. and follow it until the signs for Carr and Feeley Lake point you in the right direction. Stay on this dirt road taking the path most traveled until you reach the parking lot which may have many cars in it due to the backpackers. The last 1/4 mi. of the road is a little rough but it's not too bad for cars if you drive slow. There is a parking area on the right as you come in to the rough section of the road and it's only a couple minutes to the trailhead. Hike past Feeley Lake a couple of miles to Island Lake. There will be boulders around you, now find the good ones! The entire drive from Hwy. 20 to the parking area is 30 min.


Quality granite bouldering on glacial erratics at 7000'-8000' elevation spread out around the general area of Island Lake. Some crowds due to the popularity of the backpacking area however it's easy to find seclusion. Generally exposed and sunny but luckily a lot of the problems face north and there is swimming and fishing to pass the time when its too hot to crank. There is plenty of potential in this area guarded by a 2 mile approach. If you put up any problems here please post them up with the accurate locations of each boulder. Alternatively if anyone knows the history of this area please let me know the correct names and grades and I will be happy to correct any errors.

Climbing Season

For the I-80 Corridor area.

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

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Sit start on the same good edge as Buena Noche but move left into some slanting in-cut crimps. Get your feet on the ramp and make some cool compression moves to the loose jug (easy!) Move right to the sloper arete and rock over near the end of Buena Noche....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Little Island Lake Boulders a good place to chill!...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Here is a small topographic map of the area with s...
BETA PHOTO: Here is a small topographic map of the area with s...
Rock Climbing Photo: Feeley Lake in November.
Feeley Lake in November.
Rock Climbing Photo: Awesome looking erratic. But in the land of illusi...
Awesome looking erratic. But in the land of illusi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Franklin pebble wrestling.
Matt Franklin pebble wrestling.

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