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Mayhem Cove

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Cajun Hell S 
Car Jacker S 
Diamond S 
Drinkin' White Lightning S 
DWI S 
Huntin' Gator S 
Indecent Exposure S 
Malice in Chains S 
Mandatory Suicide S 
Mutilated Corpses S 
Phallucy aka Cubic Zarconia S 
Psycho II S 
Riddler S 
Skullduggery T 
Temporary Insanity S 
Unknown (Cubic Zarconia?) S 

Mayhem Cove  


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Location: 38.95299, -120.11468 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Oct 8, 2002
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Description 

This rock features some insane sport climbing ranging in diffculty from 5.9 to low end .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.

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 numberous 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

16 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',6],['5.12',5],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mayhem Cove:
Car Jacker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Phallucy aka Cubic Zarconia   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Diamond   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Skullduggery   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
DWI   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Huntin' Gator   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Cajun Hell   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Mayhem Cove
The Three 5.10s (as best I can guess). If you know the names and ratings of these routes please share.

Unknown (Cubic Zarconia?) 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Mayhem Cove
This climb is the rightmost of three 5.10's on the right-hand section of Mayhem Cove. The start is located where an alternate trail leads down away from the wall into the talus below. The climbing begins with a crack feature past the first bolt (1st crux). This leads to a steep bulge with great holds, and then the angle of route backs off for a few bolts. The 2nd crux involves a roof move, which may be somewhat height dependent (including clipping the bolt that protects this move). Finish by cho...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Mayhem Cove as seen from highway 89 about 3 miles southeast.  The shadowed area is the large overhang on the upper rock.
BETA PHOTO: Mayhem Cove as seen from highway 89 about 3 miles ...
Kurt Smith climbing at Mayhem Cove. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Kurt Smith climbing at Mayhem Cove. Photo by Blitz...

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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?