Elevation: 5,740 ft
GPS: 39.306, -120.518 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Urs on Aug 14, 2008 · Updates
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker -, Kyle Bishop, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: Open, with restrictions: private property Details

Description

Rainbow is a very beautiful place set on a small hill above the tiny community of Big Bend. it is west facing so its best to climb in spring or fall. Even though its right off the freeway it sees very little traffic and it holds spectacular climbing on white granite slabs. The rock is very hard and is much like some of the rock you would find in Donner Summit. The majority of routes ascend thin edges or cracks on small dome like structures. This area is not for beginners. There is one 5.9 and the rest are 5.10a-5.12c. This area is small enough were you could tick of most of the classics in one day, but is definitely worth climbing at.

Getting There

Rainbow is located on the west side of Donner Pass, about 17 miles west of Truckee and a few miles east of Cisco Grove. To find Rainbow, exit off Interstate 80 at Big Bend and turn onto Hampshire Rock Road. Continue to a roadside parking area just east of the south Yuba River. The climbing area is the odvious group of granite cliffs facing west. The approach trail begins behind a storage garage across the street from Big Bend Ranger Station and follows a narrow trail that winds through acres of manzanita to the base of the wall. The approach should only take 10 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rainbow

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Lock Buster
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 15
Malcolm's Route
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Dexter Delight
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 5
Sinister
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Dark Special
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
J.O.'s
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 13
Dirty Deed
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Light Special
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 23
Aja
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Over the Rainbow
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Amazing Grace
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 13
Peyote Pump
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lock Buster Left Side
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Malcolm's Route Central Area
 15
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Dexter Delight Central Area
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Sinister Central Area
 5
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Dark Special Central Area
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
J.O.'s Right Side
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Dirty Deed Right Side
 13
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Light Special Central Area
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Aja Left Side
 23
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Over the Rainbow Left Side
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Amazing Grace Central Area
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Peyote Pump Central Area
 13
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
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