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Armstrong Pass 
Big Chief 
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Deep Creek Crags 
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Eagle Creek Canyon 
Eagle Rock 
Echo Lakes 
Emeralds, The 
Free For All Valley 
Indian Rock 
Indian Springs 
Loon Lake 
Lover's Leap 
Luther Rock 
Luther Spires 
Mills Peak 
Phantom Spires 
Pie Shop, The 
Railroad Rock Crag 
Rainbow 
Sugarloaf 
Summit Lake 
Trippy Rock 
Truckee River Canyon 
True Value Crag 
Twin Crags 
Woodfords Canyon 
Wright's Lake 

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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Pioneer Trail
A long roller of an XC that the whole family can enjoy! Near Nevada City, CA
Jenkinson Lake aka Sly Park
A great beginner trail with great views. It stays cool during hot summer months Near Placerville, CA
Fleming Meadow Loop
Nothing but Fun after the burn. Near Placerville, CA
Hole in the Ground Loop
A lung-buster of a ride with huge rewards in the form of fun technical riding and great views. Near Truckee, CA
Hole in the Ground
A sharp climb leads to fun technical riding and descending with great views. Near Truckee, CA
Ellis Peak Trail
The Ellis Peak Trail has some of the most spectacular views in the Tahoe Basin. Near Zephyr Cove-Round Hill Vi, NV
From MP's sister site: MTB Project

Tahoe Vicinity 


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Lake Tahoe and Vicinity 

Beautiful, Spacious, and often Daunting, The Sierras in the Tahoe Area contain some of the best summer climbing in California. The area is almost covered in climbable rock, and route setters will delight at the bounty of untouched rock.

Consisting mostly of Granite, with a few Baslitic Exceptions, you will find climbs off all type, like the long tradional or sport routes at Lover's Leap, to the pumpy tall bouldering found EVERYWHERE, but most notably Donner and Pack Saddle Passes.

Climbing is year round in some places, though most areas are covered in snow from the first snow (usually in October or November) until March - June depending on altitude and direction of the rock.

Places to stay are plentyful, from blm camping, organized campgrounds, cheap hotels, to even four star hotels in Reno or South Lake.


Getting There 

From the Bay Area, head up Highway 80 to Sacramento, where you will either head up into the hills either on 80, 50, or 89, depending on where you're going.

From Reno, head up Highway 80 to go to North Lake destinations, or down highway 395 , and then West on highway 89 into South Lake Tahoe.


1,177 Total Routes


['4 Stars',107],['3 Stars',468],['2 Stars',417],['1 Star',150],['Bomb',3]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tahoe Vicinity:
Corrugation Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
Surrealistic Pillar   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 270'   Lover's Leap : Lower Buttress
Bear's Reach   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
The Perfect Lie Back   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 60'   Woodfords Canyon : The Fortress
Jellyroll Arch   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Donner Pass : Grouse Slab
Haystack   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
Fear of Flying   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Phantom Spires : Upper Spire
Black September   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Donner Pass : Black Wall
One Hand Clapping   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Donner Pass : Black Wall
Traveler Buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
The Line   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
Touch A Cannibal   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Donner Pass : Black Wall
Hospital Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 240'   Lover's Leap : West Wall
Eeyore's Enigma   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
Surrealistic Pillar Direct   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lover's Leap : Lower Buttress
One Of These Days   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   Woodfords Canyon : One Of These Days Buttress
Candyland   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad   Phantom Spires : Middle Spire
The Fracture   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad   Sugarloaf : Sugarloaf, East Face
The Hand of God   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   Woodfords Canyon : Wood Hood
Space Walk   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch   Eagle Creek Canyon : Eagle Lake Cliff
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Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Desolation Wilderness. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desolation Wilderness.
Photo by Blitzo.
December sunset from just south of Sand Harbor. No photoshop! This is just how it came out on my camera- it was that incredibly beautiful.
December sunset from just south of Sand Harbor. No...
Tahoe Glass
Tahoe Glass
Speaks for itself <br /> <br />January 2011
Speaks for itself

January 2011
An Osprey perched high above Fallen leaf lake
An Osprey perched high above Fallen leaf lake
Brett making friends with the locals on Mt. Tallac summit
Brett making friends with the locals on Mt. Tallac...
Fanette Island, Emerald Bay. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Fanette Island, Emerald Bay.
Photo by Blitzo.
Tahoe East Shore. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tahoe East Shore.
Photo by Blitzo.
lovin tahoe
lovin tahoe
Beginning the hike to Mt. Tallac with fallen leaf lake and Lake Tahoe in the background
Beginning the hike to Mt. Tallac with fallen leaf ...
Lake Tahoe from "The Cave", 1987. <br />Cave Rock is now closed to climbing, so don't climb there! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Lake Tahoe from "The Cave", 1987.
Cave Rock is now...
Tahoe Beer.
Tahoe Beer.
Shawn Watson's stunning photo of the fabulous Steeple AKA The Aguilee de Dread
Shawn Watson's stunning photo of the fabulous Stee...
Busy day on the summit of Mt. Tallac
Busy day on the summit of Mt. Tallac
The Desolation wilderness from Mt. Tallac
The Desolation wilderness from Mt. Tallac
welcome to the lake
welcome to the lake
Donner Lake on a balmy December day.
Donner Lake on a balmy December day.
Tahoe keys from the summit of Mt. Tallac
Tahoe keys from the summit of Mt. Tallac
20 minute crag
20 minute crag
Tahoe Beer.
Tahoe Beer.
Tahoe climbing pioneer Paul Crawford, his dog Callie and his subaru which had hit three different bears. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tahoe climbing pioneer Paul Crawford, his dog Call...
Tahoe Beer conetop can, 1940s.
Tahoe Beer conetop can, 1940s.
Tahoe North Shore. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tahoe North Shore.
Photo by Blitzo.
Tahoe Keys, Crystal Range and Mt. Tallac. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tahoe Keys, Crystal Range and Mt. Tallac.
Photo by...
Lake Tahoe from East Shore. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Lake Tahoe from East Shore.
Photo by Blitzo.
Geese. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Geese.
Photo by Blitzo.
Hand Crack on the way to Chimney Beach, photo taken by SLK.
Hand Crack on the way to Chimney Beach, photo take...
Eldorado Beach-Spring. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Eldorado Beach-Spring.
Photo by Blitzo.
historical bouldering
historical bouldering
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By Aerili
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 26, 2010

With regard to the weather link at the top of the page (or any of the Tahoe Vicinity pages): I would ALWAYS use noaa.gov vs wunderground.com when researching the Tahoe area forecasts. Much more accurate!!