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Elevation: 6,566 ft
GPS: 38.95198, -120.11337
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Description Suggest change

This area, located on the west side of Lake Tahoe just west of Emerald Bay offers incredible climbing of all varieties and grades with magnificent views of the nearby lake. Most of the climbing in Eagle Creek is on featured granite, which will cook in the sun on a hot day. It is possible to climb many of the rocks year round when they are dry.

The climbing areas here (except maybe the Mayhem Cove vicinity) are almost entirely inside the Tahoe Basin Management Unit side of the Desolation Wilderness, so double-check the latest official information at their website. As always, the wilderness ethic forbids power drills, and prefers the cleanest climbing possible. The trailhead has a self-registration box and sign that you should use before entering; at prime time there's often a friendly ranger there in person. You can camp anywhere you want in the Canyon, but you need a wilderness permit first. Overnight permits can be obtained in person 20 minutes south along highway 89 in South Lake Tahoe, or with advance planning through the wilderness website.

Getting There Suggest change

From the South: Head North along highway 89 out of South Lake Tahoe towards Homewood and Tahoe City. Travel about 10 miles to the Eagle Falls Trailhead, which is located alongside the large Emerald Bay. Park along the road for free, or park in the Eagle Lake lot for $2. The walk from the road to the parking lot takes about 45 seconds.

From the North: Travel south on Highway 89 out of Tahoe City towards Homewood and South Lake Tahoe. Travel about 20 miles to the Eagle Falls Trailhead.

WARNING! Do not park on the bridge right above Eagle Falls. It is a $35 ticket for parking on the "sidewalk." There are no signs warning of the violation.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Eagle Creek Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V6 7A
 4
Ender's Game
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 66
Unknown Chimney
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 92
Fallout
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 9
All American Finger Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
Delivering the Goods
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 179
Space Truckin'
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 112
Seams to Me
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 78
Quest for Glory
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 41
Skullduggery
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Eye of the Eagle
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 69
Space Walk
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 61
Huntin' Gator
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 22
Psycho II
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 8
Drinkin' White Lightning
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 17
Cajun Hell
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ender's Game Lost In Space
 4
V6 7A Boulder
Unknown Chimney Eagle Lake Cliff
 66
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Fallout 90 Foot Wall
 92
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
All American Finger Crack Emerald Point
 9
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Delivering the Goods Mayhem Cove > Right Side
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Space Truckin' Eagle Lake Cliff
 179
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Seams to Me Eagle Lake Cliff
 112
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Quest for Glory Eagle Lake Cliff
 78
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Skullduggery Mayhem Cove > Right Side
 41
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Eye of the Eagle Whiskey Cliff / Eagle…
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Space Walk Eagle Lake Cliff
 69
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Huntin' Gator Mayhem Cove > Right Side
 61
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Psycho II Mayhem Cove > Right Side
 22
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Drinkin' White Lightning Mayhem Cove > Right Side
 8
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Cajun Hell Mayhem Cove > Right Side
 17
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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