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Elevation: 5,528 ft 1,685 m
GPS: 38.78951, -120.1825
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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 Suggest change

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
 861
Bear's Reach
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 1,234
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 666
The Line
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 185
Scimitar
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 391
Traveler Buttress
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 187
Psychedelic Tree
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 181
Fear of Flying
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 434
Hospital Corner
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 379
Surrealistic Pillar Direct
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 126
Tombstone Terror
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 258
Candyland
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 171
The Fracture
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 83
Taurus
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 85
Boot Hill
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 75
Pillar of Society
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bear's Reach Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 861
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Corrugation Corner Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 1,234
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
The Line Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 666
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Scimitar Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 185
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Traveler Buttress Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 391
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Psychedelic Tree Lover's Leap > Main Formation > E Wall
 187
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Fear of Flying Phantom Spires > Upper Spire
 181
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Hospital Corner Lover's Leap > Main Formation > W Wall
 434
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Surrealistic Pillar Direct Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 379
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Tombstone Terror Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 126
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Candyland Phantom Spires > Middle Spire
 258
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Fracture Sugarloaf Area > Sugarloaf > E Face
 171
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Taurus Sugarloaf Area > Sugarloaf > E Face
 83
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Boot Hill Lover's Leap > Main Formation > Main Wall
 85
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Pillar of Society Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 75
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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