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New Rock! New Rock! Come and Get it! 

Interstate 80 runs from San Francisco to New Jersey. From Sacramento in California's central valley to the Nevada border near Reno, it crosses most of the Sierra Nevada, including some of the earliest recorded Anglo American emigrant trails over infamous Donner Pass.

The northern Sierra Nevada is a vast and mostly untamed stretch of rocky hillsides and granite peaks. Bouldering is everywhere, and sport is plentiful. Trad routes can be found, both documented and wild. New rock is always just over the next ridge, and all you need is a little imagination and some forestry maps, and you can find the next climbing area in California.

Areas in the foothills may not be documented. A lot of climbable rock is found on private property, and also in public areas where local land managers don't believe that climbing is a reputable sport. Auburn State Recreation Area had a rocky history, but the administrators and climbing community built bridges there.

Outdoor gear resources are plentiful and usually affordable in both Sacramento and Reno. Truckee, the closest large town to the Sierra crest, naturally has prices adjusted for their real estate and tourism.

Elevations range from near sea level in the central valley itself, up to eight thousand of feet as the foothills rise to the heart of the mountain range. Checking the National Weather Service forecast for your exact destination is best for planning mountain days outdoors.

Low elevation crags can be scorching on summer afternoons, but become popular retreats from winter ice and snow. These include the Auburn area, where sport climbs and bouldering are had at Auburn Cliffs and the Bar. Beginner friendly, mostly lowball, boulder problems are plentiful at Deer Creek Park in Rocklin.

Medium and high elevation rocks' seasonality depends heavily on current weather patterns, snow cover, and whether the cliff faces south towards the sun. But by summer time, most accessible crags are covered with climbers from around the world. Bouldering is everywhere in this area above about 5,500 feet in elevation, where the mid elevation pine forests thin out. Donner Summit has the highest concentration of established trad routes, and the tallest cliffs. Indian Springs, Bowman Valley and some sections of Donner are popular sport climbing areas.

Getting There 

Interstate 80 in California is reached from most other regions through Sacramento from the west, or from Reno to the east. Many other highways, surface streets and dirt roads connect to it. See specific crags for directions.

Climbing Season



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645 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for I-80 Corridor:
Insidious Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Donner Summit : Grouse Slab
Composure   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Donner Summit : Snowshed Wall
Rated X   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Donner Summit : Black Wall
Jellyroll Arch   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Donner Summit : Grouse Slab
Nova Express   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad   Donner Summit : Snowshed Wall
One Hand Clapping   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Donner Summit : Black Wall
Black September   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Donner Summit : Black Wall
Touch A Cannibal   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Donner Summit : Black Wall
Bottomless Topless   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Donner Summit : Snowshed Wall
Farewell to Arms   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad   Donner Summit : Snowshed Wall
Step into the Light   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Kudos Cliff : Kudos Left
Aerial   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Donner Summit : Snowshed Wall
Peter Principle   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Donner Summit : Snowshed Wall
Disciples Of the New Wave   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Donner Summit : Snowshed Wall
Release the Lions   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 100'   Auburn Cliffs : Twin Towers
Cookie Mix   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   Donner Summit : Star Wall
Monkey Paws   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, TR, 70'   Donner Summit : Snowshed Wall
Panic in Detroit   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, TR, 65'   Donner Summit : Snowshed Wall
Cannibals   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Donner Summit : Snowshed Wall
Bat Karma   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Auburn Cliffs : Horsepoo Canyon
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One Hand Clapping 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Black Wall
One Hand Clapping starts on a ledge on the main Black Wall face below an obvious tall, twin crack system slanting right. Climb the twin cracks requiring good hand jamming techniques (5.8) and continue up to a belay with bolted anchors. Climb the steep, thin crack above to a slab. Continue up and left (a little runout here) and continue up and left through a steep, weird, intimidating, slanting left flaring corner. Getting around the end of the corner, over the bulge, and onto the face is the...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Foothill Sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Foothill Sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine. Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine. Photo by Blitzo.
Great stone! Photo by Blitzo.
Great stone! Photo by Blitzo.
Digger Pine aka Grey Pine. Photo by Blitzo.
Digger Pine aka Grey Pine. Photo by Blitzo.
Digger pine cones. Photo by Blitzo.
Digger pine cones. Photo by Blitzo.
Meadows. Photo by Blitzo.
Meadows. Photo by Blitzo.
Common Yarrow (Achillea Augustissima). Photo by Bl...
Common Yarrow (Achillea Augustissima). Photo by Bl...
Lots of poison oak. Photo by Blitzo.
Lots of poison oak. Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra Foothills granite. Photo by Blitzo.
Sierra Foothills granite. Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Rose leaves. Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Rose leaves. Photo by Blitzo.
Soft Arnica? Photo by Blitzo.
Soft Arnica? Photo by Blitzo.
Large Mountain Monkeyflower. Photo by Blitzo.
Large Mountain Monkeyflower. Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine Cone. Photo by Blitzo.
Sugar Pine Cone. Photo by Blitzo.
Live Oak? Photo by Blitzo.
Live Oak? Photo by Blitzo.
Lakes. Photo by Blitzo.
Lakes. Photo by Blitzo.
Live oak bark detail? Photo by Blitzo.
Live oak bark detail? Photo by Blitzo.
In the oak forest. Photo by Blitzo.
In the oak forest. Photo by Blitzo.
Mistletoe. Photo by Blitzo.
Mistletoe. Photo by Blitzo.
Poison oak is nice in late season color. Photo by ...
Poison oak is nice in late season color. Photo by ...

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