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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
 982
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 720
Bear's Reach
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 558
The Line
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 155
Scimitar
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 331
Traveler Buttress
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 146
Psychedelic Tree
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 159
Fear of Flying
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 362
Hospital Corner
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 310
Surrealistic Pillar Direct
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 87
Fingerlock
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 112
Tombstone Terror
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 229
Candyland
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 147
The Fracture
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 72
Taurus
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 74
Boot Hill
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Corrugation Corner Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 982
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Bear's Reach Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 720
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
The Line Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 558
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Scimitar Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 155
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Traveler Buttress Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 331
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Psychedelic Tree Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 146
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Fear of Flying Phantom Spires > Upper Spire
 159
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Hospital Corner Lover's Leap > Main Formation > W Wall
 362
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Surrealistic Pillar Direct Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 310
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Fingerlock Sugarloaf Area > Sugarbun
 87
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Tombstone Terror Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 112
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Candyland Phantom Spires > Middle Spire
 229
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Fracture Sugarloaf Area > Sugarloaf > E Face
 147
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Taurus Sugarloaf Area > Sugarloaf > E Face
 72
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Boot Hill Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 74
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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