Highway 50 Corridor Rock Climbing
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DescriptionIf you can lead 5.9 trad, there's a lifetime of climbing along highway 50 (paraphrasing George Connor). One can indeed find many varieties of destination, from wilderness to crowded roadsides, for all skill levels and in all styles.
U.S. Route 50 connects Sacramento to Ocean City, Maryland. The section described here winds from its western terminus, up the Sierra Nevada foothills through Folsom and Placerville, weaving alongside the historic Pony Express trail, into the Echo Summit area (after which it descends into the South Shore).
Between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe, the main climber's gear stop is Strawberry Station, in view of the heavily visited Lover's Leap.
Read the Eldorado National Forest's brochure on the Highway 50 Corridor.
Getting ThereFrom all parts west, route 50 is caught in Sacramento, and signed east to South Lake Tahoe.
From the east, it can be picked up from Carson City or South Lake Tahoe.
Approximate eastbound mileages:
0 miles: Route 50 splits from I-80 in West Sacramento.
22 miles: Folsom Blvd (eastbound) for Folsom Area.
43 miles: Missouri Flat Rd (south) for Cosumnes River Gorge.
47 miles: Broadway (north) in Placerville for Mosquito Coast.
70 miles: Ice House Rd (north) in Riverton for Loon Lake, Mushroom Boulder, Slick Rock Dome and other mid elevation spots in the Crystal Basin.
75 miles: 31 Milestone Tract (north) in Kyburz.
76 miles: Pullout (south) to park for Sugarloaf
77 miles: Silver Fork Road (south) for Eagle Rock.
81 miles: Wrights Lake Rd (north) for Phantom Spires and Wrights Lake, and higher elevation spots in the Crystal Basin.
85 miles: 42 Milestone Tract (south) in Strawberry for the Secrets and Cody Lake.
85 miles: Strawberry Lodge for Lover's Leap (south) and Strawberry Station (north).
87 miles: Twin Bridges for Pyramid Creek Canyon.
93 miles: Echo Summit Rd (north) for Echo Lakes.
94 miles: Echo Summit (south) and the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim Trails, and Lake Audrain.
98 miles: Junction with 89 in the South Shore area heading north into South Lake Tahoe, or south towards Luther Pass.
Classic Climbing Routes at Highway 50 Corridor
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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