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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Rise and Shine Downhill (#18E18)
Climb a fire road to access a fantastic singletrack downhill with smooth turns and scenic lake views Near Kings Beach, California
Tahoe Rim Trail to Christmas Valley Trail
A great climb on rocky singletrack up to the meadow - terrific alpine scenery, and a sweet descent. Near South Lake Tahoe, California
Sidewinder Corral
Great moderate, flowy singletrack. Near South Lake Tahoe, California
Railroad Grade Trail
Great kids ride and excellent introduction to singletrack. Near South Lake Tahoe, California
Railroad Grade Loop
An excellent intro to singletrack. My kids and friends all started here. Near South Lake Tahoe, California
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
A well-known classic in the area, Mr. Toad's is a technical, rocky descent for advanced riders only. Near South Lake Tahoe, California
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Reno and Carson City Rock Climbing 


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Carson Valley-Flood of 1997. Photo by Blitzo.

Description 

There are several good climbing areas in the Reno and Carson City area.

Getting There 

From points east, Interstate 80 is best.

From Northern and Central California, either Interstate 80 or Highway 50 will do. Interstate 80 will take you past Donner Summit. If you come by way of I80, take Highway 395 south to Carson City. Highway 50 will take you past Lover's Leap, through South Tahoe and into Carson City.

From Southern California, either take Interstate 5 to Highway 50 or Interstate 80. Alternatively, coming up Highway 395 will take you through Bishop and along the Eastern Sierra.

From Las Vegas, take Highway 95 North. Be careful in Beatty, Goldfield and Tonopah (and other small towns along the way), the police there are very diligent in enforcing the speed limits.

The Reno/Tahoe airport is the only place where the major airlines fly into. It is very easy to get in and out of.

There are numerous hotels, motels and camping areas in the Reno/Carson City area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.8 miles from here

244 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',19],['3 Stars',101],['2 Stars',78],['1 Star',25],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',7],['5.7',7],['5.8',6],['5.9',10],['5.10',16],['5.11',20],['5.12',7],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',30],['V2-3',90],['V4-5',30],['V6-7',12],['V8-9',6],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Reno and Carson City

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Reno and Carson City:
The Seamstress   V1 5     Boulder, 14'   Somersett Boulders : East Side
Mountaineers Route   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'   Washoe Boulders : Tsunami Boulder
Silver Surfer   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Washoe Boulders : Tsunami Boulder
Broken Promises   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 25'   Somersett Boulders : West Side
Crescent Moon Direct   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Washoe Boulders : Right Twin
Shootin' Blanks   V4 6B     Boulder, 1 pitch, 12'   Somersett Boulders : West Side
Little Japanese Village   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Washoe Boulders : Tsunami Boulder
Wasabi   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   Washoe Boulders : Tsunami Boulder
Evolution of Man   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 96'   Dinosaur Rock
Deadman's Rappel   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Dinosaur Rock
The Gash   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 130'   Dinosaur Rock
Movin Like Bernie   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V-easy 3     Boulder, 20'   Somersett Boulders : West Side
Color Me Gone   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 70'   Dinosaur Rock
Wild Women of the Planet Playtex   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Iron Butte
The Left Seam   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Dinosaur Rock
PA Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 35'   Dinosaur Rock
Torch Light   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Thomas Creek
Grip Master   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Iron Butte
Baboon Safari   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 80'   Iron Butte
Plant Food 5.11d/5.12a   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Pig Rock Area : Little Shop of Horrors
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Rock Climbing Photo: Sean S attempting the bee boulder dyno.

Bee boulder dyno V4 6B  NV : Reno and Carson City : ... : East Side
While not on the actual Bee Boulder, this is over that way. The bee boulder is one before this one on the approach and generaly has a large active bees nest in the spring and summer.You can start sitting way down and left and do a series of V1/2 moves up to this big match pocket, get set up and fire way right to another jumbo jug. Its a long reach, but the rock is solid. From there its several hardish moves on crimps up and over.This things no gimme, but its fun if you can pad it up. A number...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of Reno and Carson City Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Carson Valley in a sea of clouds. Photo by Blitzo.
Carson Valley in a sea of clouds. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fort Churchill-East of Carson City. Photo by Blitz...
Fort Churchill-East of Carson City. Photo by Blitz...
Rock Climbing Photo: Burning Man-Black Rock Desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Burning Man-Black Rock Desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Native American at The Snyder Pow Wow, Carson City...
Native American at The Snyder Pow Wow, Carson City...
Rock Climbing Photo: Carson City at night. Photo by Blitzo.
Carson City at night. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Carson City's historic Ormsby House at sunrise. Ph...
Carson City's historic Ormsby House at sunrise. Ph...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Rose. Photo by Blitzo.
Mt. Rose. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sean S bags the first ascent of The Dark Hamster -...
Sean S bags the first ascent of The Dark Hamster -...
Rock Climbing Photo: "Cartoon City" (Carson City) sunset. Pho...
"Cartoon City" (Carson City) sunset. Pho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tufa at Pyramid Lake, north of Reno. Photo by Blit...
Tufa at Pyramid Lake, north of Reno. Photo by Blit...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sierra Beer conetop, 1940s.
Sierra Beer conetop, 1940s.
Rock Climbing Photo: Carson Valley. Photo by Blitzo.
Carson Valley. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Young Native American at Snyder Pow Wow, Carson Ci...
Young Native American at Snyder Pow Wow, Carson Ci...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sierra Beer label, 1930s.
Sierra Beer label, 1930s.
Rock Climbing Photo: Iron butte
Iron butte
Rock Climbing Photo: Reno, Nevada, 1990s. It's a lot bigger now! Photo ...
Reno, Nevada, 1990s. It's a lot bigger now! Photo ...

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By Seth Hogan
From: Frisco, Co
Jul 5, 2015
Going solo, east from Tahoe, this was a great spot. Super solid friction, great selection of climbs, thank you to whoever posted this place. The project app was tough to read, things didn't seem to go left to right.

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