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Elevation: 4,500 ft 1,372 m
GPS: 39.32533, -120.6494
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Shared By: Justin Johnsen on May 23, 2014 · Updates
Admins: Ky Bishop, Aron Quiter, Lurk Er, Colby Wangler, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Warning Access Issue: No overnight camping on PG&E property DetailsDrop down

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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 Suggest change

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)

104 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.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 105
Cast In Stone
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 165
Closed For Lunch
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 221
Push To Open
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 346
Step Into The Light
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 148
Where's The Beef
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 194
Charlee And The Stick Factory
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 181
Super Size Me
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 41
Welcome To Thunderdome
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 26
The Fin
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Starfish Prime
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 83
In And Out Urge
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 145
Duppy Conqueror
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 34
Twice Cooked Whopper
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 28
Fries With That Mantle
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
Toby Tops Out
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cast In Stone Negativity Cave
 105
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Closed For Lunch Dollar Store
 165
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Push To Open Dollar Store
 221
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Step Into The Light Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left
 346
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Where's The Beef Fast Food Wall
 148
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Charlee And The Stick Factory Fortress
 194
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Super Size Me Fast Food Wall
 181
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Welcome To Thunderdome Thunderdome
 41
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Fin Elder Wall
 26
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Sport
Starfish Prime Moon
 9
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
In And Out Urge Fast Food Wall
 83
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Duppy Conqueror Kudos Cliff > Kudos Left
 145
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Twice Cooked Whopper Fast Food Wall
 34
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Fries With That Mantle Fast Food Wall
 28
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Toby Tops Out Fortress
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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