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Routes in P.C.T. Cliff

Day Hike T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Happy Trail T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Helping Hands T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Moonwalk T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Mothers and Fathers T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Old Guys with the Shakes T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
P.C.T. Crack T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Radical Right T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Trail Side T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Elevation: 7,000 ft
GPS: 39.341, -120.339 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Colonel Mustard on Jun 3, 2012
Admins: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

A great locale located that is, as the name would suggest, off the Pacific Crest Trail (P.C.T.) in the section between Hwy 80 and Hwy 40. By the time you get there, the din of Interstate traffic has receded and you find yourself off a picturesque trail in that classic Sierra setting we all get lost day dreaming about during our working hours.

There are many climbing options here, but it may feel a bit adventurous as the approach to some climbs is grown in with thick manzanita scrub and there is often some (to a lot) of cleaning to be done on some of the routes. If you're looking for an experience far removed from that of cramming yourself into a telephone booth like other Donner climbing can sometimes feel, this is another great off the beaten trail location.

Once again, the "Local Guide to Rock Climbs of North Tahoe" by John Jackson is your go to slam piece for this area. Whether you buy it or borrow it, you must love it because the useful info on all these long since forgotten areas still outshines the typos and other unimportant minutiae.

Bring bug spray as this area has a large amount of still water for incubating the blood thirsty little mosquito bastards.

Getting There

From the rest stop just east of Boreal ski resort on Interstate 80, head out from the east side of the rest stop parking lot near a bench and proceed south bound on a distinct trail. Keep trending south past a large pond/small lake, through various switchbacks, until a distinct multi-tiered band of rock emerges on the right close by the trail. This is the P.C.T. Cliff. It takes 20-30 min. of hiking to get to the crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at C.T. Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
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Moonwalk
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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P.C.T. Crack
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Moonwalk
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
P.C.T. Crack
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
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This Area is cleaning up well. Dan Seeliger (of Cochamo) has established at least one new route and cleaned up the wall quite a bit. PCT Crack, Day Hike, Dan's new route Helping Hands, and others have been brushed, cleaned and de-mossed and are climbing well.

Forget the bug spray, these little F'ers don't care (I found out yesterday). Long pants and a hooded sweatshirt work best. The wall is in the shade from 1pm on. Jun 27, 2012
GizzardJones
Rancho Cordova,CA
GizzardJones   Rancho Cordova,CA
thanks for the quick links added to the PCT crag anchor... When setting up a TR anchor on this wall make sure you extend out big time. My rope got THRASHED from the TR sessions. just a heads up. awesome area! Oct 16, 2017

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