C.T. Cliff Rock Climbing
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DescriptionA 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.
Access Notes Details
CRAGS and the Access Fund are beginning new projects to help improve access to Donner Summit. You can communicate access issues directly at CRAGS’ Donner Summit page norcalcrags.org/crags/donner/. In 2014, the Truckee Donner Land Trust and the Access Fund jointly launched the Save Donner Climbing campaign. The following year, it purchased formerly private land for public conservation and access, which includes the Black Wall and other nearby cliffs.
Getting ThereFrom 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.
Classic Climbing Routes at C.T. Cliff
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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