Elevation: 5,994 ft
GPS: 39.314, -120.471 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 2,505,727 total · 13,535/month
Shared By: Aron Quiter on Feb 18, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker -, Kyle Bishop, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen

Description

Interstate 80 runs from San Francisco to New Jersey. From Sacramento in California's central valley to the Nevada border near Reno, it crosses most of the Sierra Nevada, including some of the earliest recorded Anglo American emigrant trails over infamous Donner Pass.

The northern Sierra Nevada is a vast and mostly untamed stretch of rocky hillsides and granite peaks. Bouldering is everywhere, and sport is plentiful. Trad routes can be found, both documented and wild. New rock is always just over the next ridge, and all you need is a little imagination and some forestry maps, and you can find the next climbing area in California.

Areas in the foothills may not be documented. A lot of climbable rock is found on private property, and also in public areas where local land managers don't believe that climbing is a reputable sport. Auburn State Recreation Area had a rocky history, but the administrators and climbing community built bridges there.

Truckee is the cultural hot spot. For gear, Tahoe Sports Hub and the Backcountry are all shops with a history in the area and contribute positively to the local mountain culture.

Elevations range from near sea level in the central valley itself, up to eight thousand of feet as the foothills rise to the heart of the mountain range. Checking the National Weather Service forecast for your exact destination is best for planning mountain days outdoors.

Low elevation crags can be scorching on summer afternoons, but become popular retreats from winter ice and snow. These include the Auburn area, where sport climbs and bouldering are had at Cave Valley (aka Auburn Quarry) and the Bar. Beginner friendly, mostly lowball, boulder problems are plentiful at Deer Creek Park in Rocklin.

Medium and high elevation rocks' seasonality depends heavily on current weather patterns, snow cover, and whether the cliff faces south towards the sun. But by summer time, most accessible crags are covered with climbers from around the world. Bouldering is everywhere in this area above about 5,500 feet in elevation, where the mid elevation pine forests thin out. Donner Summit has the highest concentration of established trad routes, and the tallest cliffs. Indian Springs, Bowman Valley and some sections of Donner are popular sport climbing areas.

Although Interstate 80 continue through the Truckee River Canyon east of the town of Truckee, all crags between Truckee and the Nevada border en route to Reno are in the TRC area now, since they're relatively close together, while this I-80 area contains bouldering parks as far west as Rocklin.

Getting There

Interstate 80 in California is reached from most other regions through Sacramento from the west, or from Reno to the east. Many other highways, surface streets and dirt roads connect to it. See specific crags for directions.

1,652 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: I-80 Corridor Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at I-80 Corridor

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 165
Jellyroll Arch
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 275
One Hand Clapping
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 196
Black September
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 94
Touch and Go
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 231
Nova Express
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 213
Bottomless Topless
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 216
Farewell To Arms
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 106
Firecracker
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 243
Step Into The Light
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 148
Charlee And The Stick Factory
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 110
Little Feat
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 157
Peter Principle
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 72
Made In Japan
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 131
Super Size Me
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 113
Monkey Paws
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Jellyroll Arch Donner Summit > Grouse Slab > E Face
 165
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
One Hand Clapping Donner Summit > Black Wall > 1. Black Wall - Left
 275
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Black September Donner Summit > Black Wall > 3. Black Wall - Right
 196
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Touch and Go Donner Summit > Black Wall > 1. Black Wall - Left
 94
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Nova Express Donner Summit > … > E Face > 3. E Face Main
 231
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Bottomless Topless Donner Summit > … > N Face > 1. N Face Main
 213
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Farewell To Arms Donner Summit > … > E Face > 3. E Face Main
 216
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Firecracker Donner Summit > Black Wall > 1. Black Wall - Left
 106
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Step Into The Light Bowman/Emeralds > … > Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left
 243
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Charlee And The Stick Factory Bowman/Emeralds > … > Benches > Fortress
 148
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Little Feat Donner Summit > … > E Face > 3. E Face Main
 110
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Peter Principle Donner Summit > … > N Face > 1. N Face Main
 157
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Made In Japan Donner Summit > Space Wall
 72
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Super Size Me Bowman/Emeralds > … > Benches > Fast Food Wall
 131
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Monkey Paws Donner Summit > … > N Face > 1. N Face Main
 113
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
More Classic Climbs in I-80 Corridor »

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos