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School Rock is a large, 2 pitch granite slab that will be on your left as you descend from Sugar Bowl and ASI or on your right as you ascend from Donner Lake. There is shoulder parking below the rock, a parking lot at the bridge 1/4 mile below and the Sugar Bowl parking lot 1 mile above. You can also hike in on the PCT from Boreal Ski Resort. The rock is bomber granite that is pretty clean and takes medium gear. Many people solo it because of the walk off and low angle. To descend, walk west (left) once you reach the top and find a gully that will take you back to the base. Real shoes or sandals are recommended.
Take hwy 80 east from the Bay Area and exit at the Sugar Bowl ski resort exit. Follow signs to the ski area but do not stop there, pass it on your right. Continue on Old Highway 40 (Donner Pass Rd) towards Donner Lake. The rock will be the first large formation on your left and there will be a short (30') cliff below it alongside the road.
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Kindergarten Crack 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Junior High 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Mary's Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 260'
Eleventh Grade Corner 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 50'
Senior Prom 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Teacher's Pet 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Karl's Overhang 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch
Short Subject 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch
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Short Subject 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : School Rock
This problem is a very short bolted route just to the right of Karls overhang. It ascends the odvious green lichen covered overhang. A thin entry leads to powerful bouldery moves past the face and over the lip. The crux is reaching the lip. Once over the lip you climb easy terain to a bolted anchor. This route is usually soloed but is still a fun lead or TR....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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