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BETA PHOTO: The Main Wall of Wrights Lake from a ways back.


The main wall at Wrights Lake is impressive: a clean, vertical chunk of granite with occasional crack systems that heads straight up for nearly 130 feet, with a 100' shark fin that juts out twenty feet into space. Black water streaks and run out bolted routes sit staring at you from above, and all the cracks are flared. What a great place to scare the crap out of yourself on routes from .10a and up? Most routes are in the .10 range, though the sport face climbs are harder, with the exception to the run-out "warmup" known as The Prow (5.10a), which is a mixed route out of the left edge of the cliff.

The main wall cooks in the sun all afternoon, so finding the wall on a cooler day is best.

You'll find the main wall on the the far left side of the cliff system that comprises climbing (except bouldering) at Wrights Lake, with a flat base above the valley on a shelf with several large boulders on it.

Walking off the left side of the rock or bringing another rope up with you is best for almost all routes, as the top anchors will not get you back to the ground with a 60 meter rope, and probably not with a 70 either.

Getting There 

The main Wrights Lake page has directions to get you here.

The main wall is on your left, hanging almost above you.

Climbing Season

For the Highway 50 Corridor area.

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Main Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Main Wall:
The Prow   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 130'   
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The Prow 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Main Wall
The left-most climb on the main face of the wall, The Prow is pretty steep for a .10a trad route, but most of the holds are pretty bomber. Start on a slab with two bolts before attaining the ledge that the main face towers over. It is wise to use long slings on these two bolts - or to unclip the first bolt once past the difficult move - because you'll feel the rope drag up top.After the ledge, there's a .4" or .5" cam placement to protect moves on diagnol ramps/cracks below the first bolt. At...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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