Elevation: 6,264 ft
GPS: 39.053, -120.117 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Justin Johnsen on May 26, 2015
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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
 25
Bliss Arete
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 70
Holdless Horror
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 82
Strontium 90
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 46
Unknown Chimney
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 75
Car Jacker
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 74
Fallout
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 139
Space Truckin'
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 51
Phallucy
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 60
Diamond
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 48
Lightning Bolt
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 51
Buster Brown
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 83
Seams to Me
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 60
Quest for Glory
Trad
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 49
Space Walk
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 44
Huntin' Gator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bliss Arete Bliss > Middle Bliss > Big Face
 25
V4 6B Boulder
Holdless Horror Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 70
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Strontium 90 Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 82
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Unknown Chimney Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 46
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Car Jacker Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 75
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fallout Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 74
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Space Truckin' Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 139
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Phallucy Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 51
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Diamond Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 60
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lightning Bolt Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 48
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Buster Brown Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 51
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Seams to Me Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 83
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Quest for Glory Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 60
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Space Walk Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 49
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Trad
Huntin' Gator Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 44
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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