Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
Mayhem Cove

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Cajun Hell S 
Car Jacker S 
Coroner, The S 
Diamond 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 
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 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 38.95299, -120.11468 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 11,263
Administrators: Aron Quiter, John Robinson, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Oct 8, 2002
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
BETA PHOTO: Mayhem Cove as seen from highway 89 about 3 miles ...


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

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',5],['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'   
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'   
Unknown (Cubic Zarconia?)   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 80'   
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'   
Temporary Insanity   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   
Psycho II   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 55'   
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'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Mayhem Cove

Featured Route For Mayhem Cove
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting into the meat and potatoes of the Coroner....

The Coroner 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Mayhem Cove
Technical start leads to a menacing and awkward corner, followed by an awkward and powerful crux on the exit. Interesting, yet well-protected lay backing leads to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Mayhem Cove Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Kurt Smith climbing at Mayhem Cove. Photo by Blitz...
Kurt Smith climbing at Mayhem Cove. Photo by Blitz...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mayhem

Comments on Mayhem Cove Add Comment
Show which comments
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.

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!