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Areas in L. Bliss State Park

Calawee Cliffs 5 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Grim Reality 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Middle Bliss 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
North Bliss 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
South Bliss 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Elevation: 6,200 ft
GPS: 38.979, -120.098 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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D.L. Bliss State Park

Bliss ... the name is fitting. This is arguably one of Tahoe's finest bouldering areas. Nestled on the waters edge along Tahoe west shore, Bliss state park is peppered with free standing granite erratics ranging from pee wees to towering horror shows.

The area is separated into three smaller zones, north, central, and south Bliss. While the central sector holds the most consistent concentration, each area has a unique character, and enough problems to be worth repeat visits.

Besides its easy access, and close proximity to Tahoe... The quality of the problems here is really what sets Bliss apart from a lot of other areas. Big lines on thin granite features, complex technical sequences, and good landings, give this place an aesthetic quality all it's own. Tips can get shredded quick here though, so it's smart to choose your objectives wisely.

Summers can get hot as there is not a lot of cover, but a morning session can easily be followed by a dip in the lake. In spring and fall, bliss really comes into its own as cooler temps make for awesome friction opening up some of the more classic lines.

Getting There

West shore Lake Tahoe, heading south, after tahoma, but before Emerald bay. Look for the turn outs, each area has one.

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I had a difficult time locating the bouldering from the descriptions here. I was under the impression that the boulders were found down by the water, inside the entrance to the State Park. We found middle or south bliss boulders on hwy 89, approximately .25 mile south of the entrance to D.L. Bliss State Park (parking coordinate: 38.972302, -120.098379). It was nowhere near the water. Jul 22, 2017
sulli
Lake Tahoe, Ca
sulli   Lake Tahoe, Ca
did you bother reading the "getting there" part? It says "West shore Lake Tahoe, heading south, after tahoma, but before Emerald bay. Look for the turn outs, each area has one."

does it say anywhere to drive into the park? Its pretty self explanatory. Sep 26, 2017
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RTM  
yea, about ten times. Heading south "on hwy89", or turnouts "on hwy89", or any mention of hwy89 at all would have made it clearer. What threw me off the most was that the description says a session can easily be followed by a dip in the lake. That gave me the impression that the bouldering was down by the water. I wasn't the only person either, there were several other groups wandering around looking for the bouldering down by the water inside D.L. Bliss State Park. Sep 26, 2017
sulli
Lake Tahoe, Ca
sulli   Lake Tahoe, Ca
there is really no mention of "by the water" anywhere in this listing.... But hey, I guess thats the nature of bouldering right? Part of the adventure is finding the blocks, sounds like you did. There's tons more too not listed here, if you look :) Sep 26, 2017

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