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Mayhem Cove

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Cajun Hell S 
Car Jacker S 
Coroner, The S 
Diamond S 
Disturbing the Priest S 
Drinkin' White Lightning S 
Fatal Attraction S 
Huntin' Gator S 
Indecent Exposure S 
India Ink S 
Malice in Chains S 
Mandatory Suicide S 
Mutilated Corpses S 
Overkill S 
Phallucy aka Cubic Zarconia S 
Physical Evidence S 
Psycho II S 
Riddler S 
Skullduggery T 
Temporary Insanity S 
Unknown (Cubic Zarconia?) S 

Mayhem Cove Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.95299, -120.11468 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, John Robinson, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Oct 8, 2002
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Kurt Smith climbing at Mayhem Cove. Photo by Blitz...


This rock features some insane sport climbing, ranging in difficulty from 5.9 to low end 5.13 on usually overhanging granite, with excellent views of Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe.

You will find this rock in the sun most of the day, and it will cook on a warm summer's day. However, if it has rained in the last week, there might be water coming down the mountain.

Most routes should be rappelled off or lowered off quickdraws, as the bolts are often not quite to the top of the rock.

There are loads of excellent climbs here, and they are too numerous to mention.

Getting There 

Approach time: 10 - 20 minutes.

From the parking lot, instead of heading up the main path to Desolation Wilderness, head right into the pine trees from the trailhead. You will find a narrow trail heading gently uphill perpendicular to the main trail in the shade beneath the trees. Take this up about 100 yards until a small trail is found that left and uphill heads up through the rocks to the base of Mayhem Cove.

Mayhem Cove can be seen from the parking lot several hundred yards distant by looking in the foreground to the northwest.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mayhem Cove

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mayhem Cove:
Car Jacker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Diamond   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Unknown (Cubic Zarconia?)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   
Skullduggery   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Overkill   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Mutilated Corpses   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   
Huntin' Gator   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Psycho II   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 55'   
Cajun Hell   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Mayhem Cove
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric near the top of Diamond.

Diamond 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Tahoe : ... : Mayhem Cove
Diamond is the second route moving right from the diagonal ramp that splits the upper and lower portion of Mayhem Cove.The climbing involves pulling short overhangs for first 30 feet, then becomes less steep. Each overhang is followed by a reasonable resting spot, so despite its impressive length, it isn't really an endurance challenge.I recall that Carville's guide fails to mention that there are anchors up top, and in fact there are....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Rob Eison
From: Denver, CO
Sep 20, 2003
Curious about Cajun Hell at Mayhem Cove. I've started working the second pitch, what I think is the 5.12c Drinkin White Lightnin'. It looks like it runs along a thin diagonal seam left of the hanging belay on the headwall above the cave but there's also a line straight up and/or up to the right. Anybody got info or beta tips?
By Karl Mendes
Feb 15, 2015
Went there today, basically all routes are wet. Keep that in mind when visiting the area, if it rained recently (1 week) there might be water coming down the mountain.

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