Description

Lake Tahoe's west shore climbing spots range from roadside boulders to ridgetop cliffs on the Sierra crest. The most popular are clustered around Emerald Bay, up Eagle Creek Canyon (for sport, trad and ice) and D.L. Bliss State Park (extensive bouldering). Some spots here aren't documented yet on Mountain Project, or at all.

Getting There

State Route 89 is the starting point for all points along the West Shore, unless you're biking or hiking in from somewhere nearby. In the south, starting in South Lake Tahoe, it may be signed or shown online as Emerald Bay Road. In the north, from Tahoe City heading south, it will be West Lake Boulevard.

In peak season weekends, this two lane mountain road can get congested with traffic.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Shore

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V4 6B
 16
Bliss Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
 13
Gunslinger
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 58
Holdless Horror
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 66
Strontium 90
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 32
Unkown Chimney
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 58
Car Jacker
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 60
Fallout
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 106
Space Truckin'
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 43
Diamond
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 41
Lightning Bolt
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 45
Buster Brown
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 65
Seams to Me
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 43
Quest for Glory
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 39
Space Walk
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 28
Huntin' Gator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bliss Arete Bliss > Middle Bliss > Big Face
 16
V4 6B Boulder
Gunslinger Bliss > Middle Bliss > Gunslinger
 13
V5 6C Boulder
Holdless Horror Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 58
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Strontium 90 Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 66
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Unkown Chimney Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 32
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Car Jacker Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 58
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fallout Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 60
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Space Truckin' Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 106
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Diamond Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 43
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lightning Bolt Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 41
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Buster Brown Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 45
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Seams to Me Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 65
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Quest for Glory Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 43
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Space Walk Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 39
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Huntin' Gator Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 28
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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