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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:
Flatus 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Grizzly Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
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'
Indian Springs 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
RP 4 Me 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 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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Grizzly Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Lower Tier
Climb the face next to the right facing wall. The move through the wide crack about 45' up is 5.5. Or you can start on the knobby face off to the right, climb up next to a left facing wall and do a lie back move through the right hand crack. This move is 5.6. The climb goes low angle for a bit after these moves. Climb the low angle up to the steeper section of the wall and climb up the obvious vertical crack. The 5.8 crux is in this section of the climb and you can get good pro in the crack to p...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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