The Emeralds Climbing
|GPS:||39.319, -120.657 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Aron Quiter on Oct 7, 2002 · Updates|
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A once quiet sport crag in a beautiful mountain setting that has since seen a large influx of climbers. Many of the climbs in the Benches section are westerly to northerly facing so you can chase shade all day in the hotter months. When the temperature is 110F in Sacramento, head for the gorge where you'll need a sweater.
The Emeralds are on a mix of PG&E (Pacfic Gas and Electric) and Tahoe National Forest land. The exact boundaries aren't easy to see on the ground. Dispersed or primitive camping is permitted in many areas of the national forests, but since specifics change frequently, contact Tahoe NF for more information before setting up camp, and as always, make an effort to leave no trace. Established campgrounds are also available in the national forest along Bowman Lake Road, and just upstream at PG&E's Lake Spaulding campground.
This page's location shows the usual parking area. Here are driving directions there:
* From I-80, exit onto Highway 20 and drive four miles toward Nevada City.
* After 3.5 miles, turn north onto Bowman Lake Road (forest service road 18) and drive for 1.3 miles. Have no fear, this section of the road is all paved.
* Just before the bridge that crosses the Yuba River, there is a dirt access road. It is now gated and locked, so park across the bridge, then continue on foot.
For an overview map of walking directions to the climbing areas, with GPS coordinates, see the Emeralds Guide page 1 thru 6 below in the Photos.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Emeralds
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