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The Lower Tier is mostly face climbing with climbs ranging from 5.9 to 5.10c/d. Several of the 8 climbs make excellent sport leads but bolts may be a little far apart in places. Trad gear helps to protect the sparse areas. Since this is the first rock face you come to as you approach the area and has many great face climbs, most people would start climbing here. All routes have anchors and some have rappel rings. This lower tier is around 50' tall at the highest point. Great routes on the lower tier include Indian Springs and Zephyr. The rock is solid granite with many features and characteristics. Very good place for moderate level climbers to practice face climbing!
From the parking lot you would head straight in towards the cliffs following a small trail that leads right to a low angle slab to the right. Hike to the top of the slab and then head straight towards the left side of the lower tier. Approach time is only 10-15 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Tier:
Grizzly Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Flatus 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Captain Cheese Dog 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
Super Thin 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 35'
RP 4 Me 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Indian Springs 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Sundaze 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Zephyr 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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Arrow Head 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Lower Tier
The Arrow Head route is a little contrived as it just sqeezes in between the other routes near it but the upper section makes the route very worthwhile as it's thin and steep making for some interesting face climbing. You just have to try and not use easier holds off to the right and left. If anyone out there thinks my description is not correct, please let me know and I'll correct this posting. The Falcon Guide by Mike Carville shows the route more to the right but there is nothing hard over...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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