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Areas in I-80 Corridor

a. Donner/Truckee 182 / 95 / 45 / 45 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 324
b. Freeway Crags 12 / 3 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
c. Summit Lake Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
d. Castle Peak Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
e. Rainbow 13 / 12 / 1 / 17 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 39
f. Cisco Grove Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
g. Indian Springs 20 / 11 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
h. Bowman Area 14 / 210 / 30 / 31 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 265
i. Auburn and Grass Valley 2 / 61 / 12 / 98 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 169
j. Deer Creek Park (Rocklin Quarry) 1 / 0 / 6 / 76 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 77
k. Dry Creek Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4

Description [Suggest Change]

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. a. Donner/Truckee has the highest concentration of established trad routes, and the tallest cliffs. g. 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 [Suggest Change]

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at I-80 Corridor

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 125
Composure
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 111
Rated X
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 110
Jellyroll Arch
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 170
One Hand Clapping
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 135
Black September
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 148
Nova Express
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 129
Bottomless Topless
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 128
Uncomfortably Dumb
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 123
Farewell to Arms
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 92
Molar Concentration
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 94
Scale Wall
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 124
Step Into The Light
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 84
Charlee and the Stick Factory
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 97
Aerial
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 84
Peter Principle
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Composure a. Donner/Truckee > … > Snowshed Wall > N Face
 125
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Rated X a. Donner/Truckee > Donner Summit > Black Wall
 111
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Jellyroll Arch a. Donner/Truckee > … > Grouse Slab > E Face
 110
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
One Hand Clapping a. Donner/Truckee > Donner Summit > Black Wall
 170
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Black September a. Donner/Truckee > Donner Summit > Black Wall
 135
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Nova Express a. Donner/Truckee > … > Snowshed Wall > E Face
 148
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Bottomless Topless a. Donner/Truckee > … > Snowshed Wall > N Face
 129
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Uncomfortably Dumb i. Auburn and G… > … > Cave Valley (ak… > Horseshoe Canyon
 128
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Farewell to Arms a. Donner/Truckee > … > Snowshed Wall > E Face
 123
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Molar Concentration a. Donner/Truckee > … > Snowshed Wall > N Face
 92
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Scale Wall i. Auburn and G… > … > Cave Valley (ak… > Scale Wall
 94
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Step Into The Light h. Bowman Area > … > Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left
 124
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Charlee and the Stick Factory h. Bowman Area > … > Benches > Fortress
 84
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Aerial a. Donner/Truckee > … > Snowshed Wall > N Face
 97
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Peter Principle a. Donner/Truckee > … > Snowshed Wall > N Face
 84
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
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"Outdoor gear resources are plentiful and usually affordable in both Sacramento and Reno. Truckee, the closest large town to the Sierra crest, naturally has prices adjusted for their real estate and tourism."

This piece of "advice" is both untrue and unnecessary. Compare the REI or climbing shop prices in Sac or Reno with those of any backcountry/climbing shop and you'll see that they are the exact same except for during sale periods. In addition, it's the locals that work at these shops that have knowledge and pass it on to customers whereas most of those shop employees in Sac and Reno have no clue. I think this should be removed or changed.

Edit to include some shops: Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe Sports Hub, and The Backcountry, are all great shops with a history in the area and contribute positively to the local mountain culture. Oct 28, 2017

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