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Southside Crags

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Southside Crags 

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The gullies that lie on the south side of highway 88 offer sun or shade depending on conditions. The area is under development and offers fine base roues as well as multi-pitch climbs up to 350 feet in length.

Getting There 

Many trailheds leave the south side of Highway 88 and approaches range from 5 to 45 minutes.

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Southside Crags:
Right Branch   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Wood Cutters Wall
Left Branch   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Wood Cutters Wall
Regular Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 260'    The Upper Crystal Springs ... : The Steeple
Hillside Strangler   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   Strangler Cliff
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Featured Route For Southside Crags
 The fantastic second pitch of the classic Regular route

Regular Route 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13  CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : The Steeple
This classic route follows the most prominent corner system on the west side of The Steeple. The first pitch although less than memorable, redeems itself before the anchor below the fantastic second pitch. Savor the incredible second pitch's thin hand jams The final squeeze chimney pitch deposits one on an exposed summit stand on top and bust the "Christ Redeemer Move"...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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