Elevation: 6,500 ft
GPS: 39.323, -120.313 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aron Quiter on Oct 8, 2002
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Access Issue: Donner/Truckee area Details
Access Issue: 2014 nesting closure Details

Description

This area contains many sport routes of intermediate to expert grade, though there are also a few existing cracks that can be protected traditionally.

Rappelling of the top anchors is your best bet on most routes, as you can rap down to the top anchors on most climbs, but climbing out of them is not so simple.

You will find this area in the shade in the afternoon, though in the mornings it will be quite hot.

It should also be noted that The Totem Pile (5.10d), located on the mid right section of the road cut, a former runout rated Rclimb is now bolted.

Getting There

Approach time: cross the street, and pull out your gear.

From the west (I-80 and Soda Springs) head up over the pass. head downhill over the bridge, and continue past The Peanut Gallery (the large slablike rock on your left), to the next roadside rock on the left, which is The Road Cut.

Park on either side of the road, though there is a definate pullout on the right side of the road.

From the east this is the first established area near the road. It comes a couple bends in the road after you pass the large Black Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Road Cut, The

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 16
Totem Pole
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 24
Hit and Run
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 14
Penguin Lust
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 4
Transmogrifier
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Totem Pole
 16
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Hit and Run
 24
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Penguin Lust
 14
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Transmogrifier
 4
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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Brennan Best
Reno, Nevada
Brennan Best   Reno, Nevada
2-7-2015 A rock fall came off the road cut area and may have affected some of the routes in the area. I haven't been to the zone to see where it happened but I have seen photos. I have also heard they will be blasting more hazardous loose rock possibly further affecting routes. Feb 8, 2015
Wow, I drive by that twice a day every day. It will be interesting to see if they have to do significant modification to the cliff to stabilize it and get the road reopen.
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Justin Johnsen
Sacramento, CA
Justin Johnsen   Sacramento, CA  
Wow, geology in action! Thanks for sharing the photo, John. Feb 8, 2015
Perry Norris
Truckee
Perry Norris   Truckee
Totem Pole no longer exists. Oct 8, 2018