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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 / 49 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 71
Crystal Basin 26 / 21 / 14 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 55
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 / 1 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Lover's Leap 144 / 16 / 2 / 20 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 177
Mosquito Coast 12 / 0 / 7 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Phantom Spires 60 / 24 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 81
Pyramid Creek / Horsetail Falls 0 / 0 / 0 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Secrets, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Sugarloaf 66 / 57 / 21 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 123

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.
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
 430
Surrealistic Pillar
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 505
Bear's Reach
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 616
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 156
Pony Express
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 391
Haystack
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 408
The Line
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 107
Scimitar
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 233
Traveler Buttress
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 110
Farley
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 121
Fear of Flying
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 238
Hospital Corner
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 205
Surrealistic Pillar Direct
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 82
Tombstone Terror
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 166
Candyland
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 97
The Fracture
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Surrealistic Pillar Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 430
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Bear's Reach Lover's Leap > E Wall
 505
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Corrugation Corner Lover's Leap > Main Wall
 616
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Pony Express Sugarloaf > Sugarloaf, W Face
 156
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Haystack Lover's Leap > E Wall
 391
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
The Line Lover's Leap > E Wall
 408
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Scimitar Lover's Leap > E Wall
 107
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Traveler Buttress Lover's Leap > Main Wall
 233
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Farley Sugarloaf > Sugarloaf, E Face
 110
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Fear of Flying Phantom Spires > Upper Spire
 121
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Hospital Corner Lover's Leap > W Wall
 238
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Surrealistic Pillar Direct Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 205
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Tombstone Terror Lover's Leap > Main Wall
 82
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Candyland Phantom Spires > Middle Spire
 166
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Fracture Sugarloaf > Sugarloaf, E Face
 97
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
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