Snowshed Wall Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Snowshed Wall - north face, west side.
Snowshed offers both trad and sport climbing on mostly vertical walls up to ~80 feet. Much of the area can be top roped, by hiking around either side of the formation.The numerous faces on Snowshed allow for either sun or shade depending on your desires.The climbing facing the road and approach (the north face) is mostly trad, with higher concentrations of sport climbs to the right, and around the corner to the left (the east face).
Upon reaching the Donner Pass climbing area, continue on Donner Pass Road. On your right, further away at first, there will be an easily noticable wall facing the road. After going over the small bridge, the road bends right. A few pullouts later there will be a blue outhouse on the right, this is the pullout for Snowshed. The path to the wall heads directly away from the road, across the stream, then straight to the north face (~2 minute walk). Upon arriving at the rock you're beneath a boulder from which Bell Bottom Blues, Manic Depression and many other crack climbs begin.Navigating around the rock is rather straight-forward, its another ~3 minute walk to the left (around and up a big slabby piece) to reach the east-facing climbs. On the east face, the super-sustained 'Little Feat' (5.10d) is located directly on the blunt arete facing you as you approach.
Weather station 2.5 miles from here
47 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',26],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Snowshed Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snowshed Wall:
Composure 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 180'
Hair Shirt 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
The Thing 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch
Karl's Gym 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Little Feat 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'
Aerial 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Bypass 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Monkey Paws 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'
Cannibals 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Featured Route For Snowshed Wall
Pump Lust 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c CA
: Tahoe Vicinity
: ... : Snowshed Wall
This incredible line is even better than Cannibals and my favorite sport climb in the Tahoe vicinity. Start the same as Cannibals but after the second bolt float straight up with brilliant sequences utilizing high friction crimps, opposing side pulls and slopers, and a few deceptively flaring pods. Again the footwork will determine success or agony. Trust the crystals and an obligatory heelhook. Slightly runout but easier climbing leads to a 12a finger and hands crack system for the second half ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
BETA PHOTO: Snowshed Wall, east end.
Busy snowshed Wall on a stellar Sunday
BETA PHOTO: Snowshed wall as seen from a full parking lot on a...
Climbing at Snowshed (Photo by Tyson Waldron)
Sep 8, 2003
There are some high quality routes here, but my favorite part of this area is the bouldering on top of the wall.
Above the east face, look for an overhanging lip traverse requiring heel hooks and monkey moves. Right next to it is a tall golden face with reachy crimp moves. Over on the western side of the summit are some more problems, overhangs and traverses.
A good way to finish off your day!
Sep 25, 2006
Snowshed is great! Pretty crowded though.
From: Reno, NV
Sep 7, 2012
I believe this area is actually called Snowhed Wall.
By Weston L
From: Summerlin, NV
Sep 24, 2012
the incredibly "accurate" tahoe guide calls it snowhed. I second slk's action.
From: cheltenham, UK, SW is the BEST
Aug 24, 2015
if you are a trad leader, (ie proper climber) avoid weekends!
I was shocked by the volume of top-ropers on all the classics, punching above their weight, replete with "granite planet" gym tags.
When i finally found "Monkey Paws" was free, (as this was apparently the warm up TR for your Star Wall TR project) i felt like i was indeed at the gym. All the holds polished and caked with chalk... Shame really, must have been awesome 20yrs ago.
A good argument for not having bolted anchors on trad lines.