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Areas in Highway 50 Corridor

a. Echo Summit 56 / 22 / 11 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 82
b. Strawberry 143 / 15 / 2 / 37 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 193
c. Phantom Spires 60 / 23 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 81
d. Crystal Basin 27 / 21 / 15 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 57
e. Eagle Rock 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
f. Sugarloaf Area 66 / 56 / 21 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 124
g. 31 Milestone Tract 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
h. Placerville 54 / 6 / 57 / 7 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 90
i. Folsom 0 / 0 / 1 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19

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
 451
Surrealistic Pillar
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 541
Bear's Reach
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 652
Corrugation Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 159
Pony Express
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 411
Haystack
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 429
The Line
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 113
Scimitar
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 251
Traveler Buttress
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 88
Psychedelic Tree
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 126
Fear of Flying
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 250
Hospital Corner
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 217
Surrealistic Pillar Direct
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 85
Tombstone Terror
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 172
Candyland
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 101
The Fracture
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Surrealistic Pillar b. Strawberry > Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 451
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Bear's Reach b. Strawberry > … > Main Formation > E Wall
 541
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Corrugation Corner b. Strawberry > … > Main Formation > Main Wall
 652
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Pony Express f. Sugarloaf Area > Sugarloaf > W Face
 159
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Haystack b. Strawberry > … > Main Formation > E Wall
 411
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
The Line b. Strawberry > … > Main Formation > E Wall
 429
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Scimitar b. Strawberry > … > Main Formation > E Wall
 113
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Traveler Buttress b. Strawberry > … > Main Formation > Main Wall
 251
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Psychedelic Tree b. Strawberry > … > Main Formation > E Wall
 88
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Fear of Flying c. Phantom Spires > Upper Spire
 126
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Hospital Corner b. Strawberry > … > Main Formation > W Wall
 250
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Surrealistic Pillar Direct b. Strawberry > Lover's Leap > Lower Buttress
 217
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Tombstone Terror b. Strawberry > … > Main Formation > Main Wall
 85
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Candyland c. Phantom Spires > Middle Spire
 172
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Fracture f. Sugarloaf Area > Sugarloaf > E Face
 101
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
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