Rainbow is a very beautiful place set on a small hill above the tiny community of Big Bend. it is west facing so its best to climb in spring or fall. Even though its right off the freeway it sees very little traffic and it holds spectacular climbing on white granite slabs. The rock is very hard and is much like some of the rock you would find in Donner Summit. The majority of routes ascend thin edges or cracks on small dome like structures. This area is not for beginners. There is one 5.9 and the rest are 5.10a-5.12c. This area is small enough were you could tick of most of the classics in one day, but is definitely worth climbing at.
Rainbow is located on the west side of Donner Pass, about 17 miles west of Truckee and a few miles east of Cisco Grove. To find Rainbow, exit off Interstate 80 at Big Bend and turn onto Hampshire Rock Road. Continue to a roadside parking area just east of the south Yuba River. The climbing area is the odvious group of granite cliffs facing west. The approach trail begins behind a storage garage across the street from Big Bend Ranger Station and follows a narrow trail that winds through acres of manzanita to the base of the wall. The approach should only take 10 minutes.
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Over the Rainbow 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Left Side
Over the rainbow is most likely the best route in rainbow. It follows very thin edges through a very intimidating face. Very fun and classic. The crux comes after the second bolt where the traverse left ends. from there you have classic moves up the face to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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