Elevation: 4,500 ft
GPS: 39.319, -120.657 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 438,168 total · 1,938/month
Shared By: Aron Quiter on Oct 7, 2002 · Updates
Admins: Kyle Bishop, Aron Quiter, Lurker -, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: No overnight camping on PG&E property Details

Description

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.

Getting There

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Emeralds

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 136
Bushmaster
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 79
Cast In Stone
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 125
Closed For Lunch
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 121
Rebirth
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 109
If The Shoe Fits
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 170
Push To Open
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 89
420 Club
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 243
Step Into The Light
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 105
Where's The Beef
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 148
Charlee And The Stick Factory
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 62
Totality
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 131
Super Size Me
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 103
Duppy Conqueror
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 55
Radio Static
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 57
Steel Monkey
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bushmaster Benches > Dollar Store
 136
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Cast In Stone Benches > Negativity Cave
 79
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Closed For Lunch Benches > Dollar Store
 125
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rebirth Benches > Kudos Cliff > Kudos Right
 121
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
If The Shoe Fits Benches > Kudos Cliff > Kudos Right
 109
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Push To Open Benches > Dollar Store
 170
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
420 Club Benches > Chalkporium
 89
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Step Into The Light Benches > Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left
 243
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Where's The Beef Benches > Fast Food Wall
 105
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Charlee And The Stick Factory Benches > Fortress
 148
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Totality Benches > Chalkporium
 62
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Super Size Me Benches > Fast Food Wall
 131
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Duppy Conqueror Benches > Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left
 103
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Radio Static Benches > Steel Monkey Wall
 55
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Steel Monkey Benches > Steel Monkey Wall
 57
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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