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Africa Flake T 
Drunken Sporto's S 
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Improbable T 
Just to Watch Him Die T 
Karl's Variation T 
Karls Crack T 
Mr. Bigglesworth T 
On Safari T 
Spring Break T 
Total Recall S 
UNR Crack T 

River Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.4556, -120.0064 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Rick D on Dec 5, 2008
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Granite crack climbing. Really good place to learn how to lead trad. Easy to top rope a lot of the climbs to. In the colder months, can get really crowded. West facing, so in the sun most of the afternoon.

This is privately owned land. It is located in Sierra County and is owned by Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA), the local water provider for the Reno Area. At one time, you were able to drive all the way to the bridge. In the early nineties, both the gates for the bridge and at the current parking place were locked. Somewhere between now and then, the gate to the bridge has been unlocked.

This wall in the River Rock area is sometimes referred to as "Lower River Rock."

Getting There 

Right between Reno and Truckee.
From the intersection of Rob Drive and I-80 Merge onto I-80 and head west 12.7 miles.

Take exit 201 to merge onto Farad Rd 0.2 mi

Turn left to merge onto I-80 E 2.8 mi

There will be a dirt pull out on your right, park here.

On the south end of the pull out there will be a gate to a dirt road. Walk on the dirt road for 10 feet and there will be a walking trail on your left, follow this. You will walk down the hill, past the train tracks, and will see a walking bridge. Go across the bridge and stay on the walking trail to your left. Come to another little bridge, cross, and the rock will be on your right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.0 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in River Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for River Rock:
UNR Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
Spring Break   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Africa Flake   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Karls Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Improbable   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
Mr. Bigglesworth   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Total Recall   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 45'   
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Head Case 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : River Rock
The physical crux is right at the first bolt. The mental crux is getting to the fourth bolt. Feels really airy. Don't go straight for the fourth bolt, but head left then up.At the bulge by the fourth bolt, be careful. Up untill this point the rock is high quality. It's a little chossy through here, nocked a block off with my foot once. Belayer should be careful....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo:  View of bridge from the trail, January 2015
View of bridge from the trail, January 2015

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By Tahoe Matt
From: Truckee
Apr 5, 2014
Looking for info on the stuff that is up river about 1/4 mile. Found some anchors climbed some stuff and would like to put some more up. Just don't want to step on any toes out there. Curious what info is out there.
By John Jackson
Apr 6, 2014
There are eleven routes detailed in the guidebook for the Upstream Crag and sixteen at the downstream crag by the suspension bridge (Locals Guide to: Rock Climbs Of North Tahoe)
You can get a copy at the website, or anywhere guidebooks are sold. As far as I know everything there has been done ground up in traditional style {no protection bolts as of a couple of years ago).

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