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Areas in Highway 50 Corridor

31 Milestone Tract 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Crystal Basin 27 / 21 / 15 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 57
Eagle Rock 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Echo Summit 56 / 22 / 11 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 82
Folsom 0 / 0 / 1 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Phantom Spires 60 / 23 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 81
Placerville 54 / 6 / 57 / 7 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 90
Strawberry 144 / 15 / 2 / 40 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 197
Sugarloaf Area 66 / 56 / 21 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 124

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

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 473
Surrealistic Pillar
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 572
Bear's Reach
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 699
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 435
Haystack
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 457
The Line
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 120
Scimitar
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 265
Traveler Buttress
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 118
Farley
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 99
Psychedelic Tree
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 130
Fear of Flying
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 272
Hospital Corner
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 228
Surrealistic Pillar Direct
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 88
Tombstone Terror
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 178
Candyland
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 102
The Fracture
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Surrealistic Pillar Strawberry > Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 473
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Bear's Reach Strawberry > … > Main Formation > E Wall
 572
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Corrugation Corner Strawberry > … > Main Formation > Main Wall
 699
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Haystack Strawberry > … > Main Formation > E Wall
 435
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
The Line Strawberry > … > Main Formation > E Wall
 457
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Scimitar Strawberry > … > Main Formation > E Wall
 120
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Traveler Buttress Strawberry > … > Main Formation > Main Wall
 265
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Farley Sugarloaf Area > Sugarloaf > E Face
 118
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Psychedelic Tree Strawberry > … > Main Formation > E Wall
 99
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Fear of Flying Phantom Spires > Upper Spire
 130
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Hospital Corner Strawberry > … > Main Formation > W Wall
 272
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Surrealistic Pillar Direct Strawberry > Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 228
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Tombstone Terror Strawberry > … > Main Formation > Main Wall
 88
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Candyland Phantom Spires > Middle Spire
 178
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Fracture Sugarloaf Area > Sugarloaf > E Face
 102
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
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