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Areas in The Benches

Bear's Lair, The 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Camo Crag 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Chalkporium 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Dollar Store, The 1 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Fast Food Wall 0 / 12 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Fortress, The 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Kudos Cliff 1 / 9 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Lightning Bolt Crag 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Negativity Cave, The 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Negativity Slabs 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Pebble Beach 3 / 5 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Slide Wall 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Steel Monkey Wall 1 / 9 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Sun Bench, The 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Thunderdome 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Elevation: 4,500 ft
GPS: 39.325, -120.649 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 131,874 total · 2,560/month
Shared By: Justin Johnsen on May 23, 2014
Admins: Aron Quiter, Kyle Bishop, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Access Issue: No overnight camping on PG&E property Details

Description

The Benches section, including Fast Food Wall, Steel Monkey Wall, Dollar Store, Lightening Bolt Crag, Pebble Beach, The Fortress, Bear's Lair, Two Unknown Climbs and Kudos Cliff, are well away from flooding potential. Now back to the Benches areas: There has been a lot of new development in the area since 2008. The approaches are moderate and well marked especially if you use the 6 page guide at the bottom of the main Emeralds page. (Photos) There is a lot of potential for new routes even in the 5.7 to 5.9 range. This area is climbable all year except for winter if it has been snowing or raining and the routes are wet. There is an organized campground at Spaulding Lake or nice dispersed sites on the Bowman Lake road and elsewhere. The Emeralds are divided into two distinct sections as defined in Mike Carville's 1991 Tahoe Guide Book. One section is The Gorge which includes The Wishing Well and the other section is called The Benches.

Getting There

See the Emeralds Getting There section for driving directions.
For an overview map and walking directions to the climbing areas, with GPS coordinates, see page 1 of the 6 page guide in the "Photos of the Emeralds" Section on the Emeralds Main Page. Just before the Bowman Lake Road crosses the South Yuba River bridge you will find a gated dirt road heading up the river, follow the dirt road upstream on the south (right-hand) bank of the river. Keep on the unmistakable main trail (dirt road) for 750 Yards. Cairns change from time to time, so you may see them next to several minor use trails before reaching the true right hand turn to the Benches. The correct trail to the benches has an actual metal bench on it! Also You will know when to turn right off the road because ahead of you, 200 feet, on the road you will see a multi acre open area with many man made piles of gravel and rocks which the PG&E uses for construction. You can also pace the distances indicated on the 1 page guide. (They are accurate)

95 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Benches

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 96
Bushmaster
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 75
Price Check
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 40
Cast In Stone
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 70
Ghost Town
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 82
Closed for lunch
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 78
Rebirth
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 70
If the Shoe Fits
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 108
Push to Open
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 49
420 Club
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 137
Step Into The Light
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 44
Where's The Beef
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 89
Charlee and the Stick Factory
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 60
Super Size Me
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 54
Duppy Conquer
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 28
Steel Monkey
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bushmaster Dollar Store
 96
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Price Check Dollar Store
 75
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Cast In Stone Negativity Cave
 40
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Ghost Town Kudos Cliff > Kudos Right
 70
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Closed for lunch Dollar Store
 82
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Rebirth Kudos Cliff > Kudos Right
 78
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
If the Shoe Fits Kudos Cliff > Kudos Right
 70
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Push to Open Dollar Store
 108
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
420 Club Chalkporium
 49
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Step Into The Light Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left
 137
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Where's The Beef Fast Food Wall
 44
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Charlee and the Stick Factory Fortress
 89
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Super Size Me Fast Food Wall
 60
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Duppy Conquer Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left
 54
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Steel Monkey Steel Monkey Wall
 28
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Fellow Climbers,
Noticed several tents while walking into the emeralds climbing area this last weekend ( 5/20/17 ). PG&E has posted several signs at the gate and other areas that state camping is NOT allowed. Please respect this so that access does not become an issue!

Thanks in advance,

Colby W May 22, 2017
Eric Estrin
San Diego, CA
Eric Estrin   San Diego, CA
Found a (seemingly brand new) pair of shoes in the Benches Saturday (Aug 11). If you can ID the shoe make model and size, DM me and I'll get them to you! 3 days ago · Lost & Found

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