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Areas in Highway 50 Corridor

31 Milestone Tract 8 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Cosumnes River Gorge 42 / 6 / 50 / 4 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 74
Eagle Rock 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Folsom 0 / 0 / 1 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Ice House Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Loon Lake 2 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Lover's Leap 144 / 17 / 1 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 179
Mosquito Coast 12 / 0 / 7 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Mushroom Boulder 0 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Phantom Spires 61 / 24 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 83
Placerville 54 / 6 / 57 / 7 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 90
Pyramid Creek / Horsetail Falls 0 / 0 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Secrets, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Slick Rock Dome 15 / 18 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Sugarloaf Area 66 / 56 / 21 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 124
Unnamed Peak 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Wrights Lake 10 / 3 / 8 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15

Description

If you can lead 5.9 trad, there's a lifetime of climbing along highway 50 (paraphrasing George Connor, who has done the same for many years). 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. The Leap is bust for a reason, and a first time visitor should always go there if it's in season.

Read the Eldorado National Forest's brochure on the Highway 50 Corridor.

Getting There

From the east, route 50 can be picked up from Carson City or South Lake Tahoe.

From all parts west, it is caught in Sacramento, and signed east to South Lake Tahoe.

Sub areas are lettered from a. at the Tahoe Rim, to the highest letters downhill near the central valley.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Highway 50 Corridor

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 484
Surrealistic Pillar
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 587
Bear's Reach
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 724
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 167
Pony Express
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 445
Haystack
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 463
The Line
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 123
Scimitar
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 268
Traveler Buttress
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 106
Psychedelic Tree
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 135
Fear of Flying
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 280
Hospital Corner
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 233
Surrealistic Pillar Direct
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 90
Tombstone Terror
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 184
Candyland
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 107
The Fracture
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Surrealistic Pillar Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 484
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Bear's Reach Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 587
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Corrugation Corner Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 724
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Pony Express Sugarloaf Area > Sugarloaf > W Face
 167
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Haystack Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 445
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
The Line Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 463
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Scimitar Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 123
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Traveler Buttress Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 268
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Psychedelic Tree Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 106
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Fear of Flying Phantom Spires > Upper Spire
 135
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Hospital Corner Lover's Leap > Main Formation > W Wall
 280
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Surrealistic Pillar Direct Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 233
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Tombstone Terror Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 90
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Candyland Phantom Spires > Middle Spire
 184
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Fracture Sugarloaf Area > Sugarloaf > E Face
 107
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
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