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Areas in Highway 50 Corridor

31 Milestone Tract 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Cosumnes River Gorge 41 / 6 / 47 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 69
Crystal Basin 23 / 19 / 13 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 50
Eagle Rock 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Echo Lakes 56 / 22 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 79
Folsom Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Lover's Leap 134 / 16 / 2 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 167
Mosquito Coast 12 / 0 / 7 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Phantom Spires 60 / 24 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 81
Secrets, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Sugarloaf 64 / 54 / 19 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 118
Elevation: 4,980 ft
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Shared By: Justin Johnsen on Jan 20, 2015
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Description

If 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 There

From 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.
33 miles: Bass Lake Rd (north) for The Neighborhood Rock.
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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Highway 50 Corridor

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Surrealistic Pillar
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Bear's Reach
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Over Easy
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pony Express
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Haystack
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Line
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Scimitar
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Traveler Buttress
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Farley
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Fear of Flying
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hospital Corner
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Surrealistic Pillar Direct
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Candyland
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
The Fracture
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Surrealistic Pillar Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Bear's Reach Lover's Leap > E Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Over Easy Phantom Spires > Middle Spire 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Corrugation Corner Lover's Leap > Main Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Pony Express Sugarloaf > Sugarloaf, W Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Haystack Lover's Leap > E Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
The Line Lover's Leap > E Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Scimitar Lover's Leap > E Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Traveler Buttress Lover's Leap > Main Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Farley Sugarloaf > Sugarloaf, E Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Fear of Flying Phantom Spires > Upper Spire 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Hospital Corner Lover's Leap > W Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Surrealistic Pillar Direct Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Candyland Phantom Spires > Middle Spire 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Fracture Sugarloaf > Sugarloaf, E Face 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
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