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Elevation: 6,283 ft
GPS: 39.05347, -120.1172
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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.
V0 4
 60
The Brain
Boulder
V2 5+
 25
Big Face
Boulder
V3 6A PG13
 56
Grim Reality
Boulder
V4 6B
 32
Bliss Arete
Boulder
V5+ 6C+
 32
Gunslinger
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 66
Unknown Chimney
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 180
Space Truckin'
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 113
Seams to Me
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 78
Quest for Glory
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 41
Skullduggery
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 69
Space Walk
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 61
Huntin' Gator
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 25
Tree Beard
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 17
Cajun Hell
Sport
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 4
Weekend At Bernie's
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Brain Bliss > Middle Bliss > Brain
 60
V0 4 Boulder
Big Face Bliss > Middle Bliss > Big Face
 25
V2 5+ Boulder
Grim Reality Bliss > Bliss Entrance > Grim Reality
 56
V3 6A PG13 Boulder
Bliss Arete Bliss > Middle Bliss > Big Face
 32
V4 6B Boulder
Gunslinger Bliss > Middle Bliss > Gunslinger
 32
V5+ 6C+ Boulder
Unknown Chimney Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 66
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Space Truckin' Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 180
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Seams to Me Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 113
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Quest for Glory Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 78
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Skullduggery Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove > Right Side
 41
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Space Walk Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 69
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Huntin' Gator Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove > Right Side
 61
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Tree Beard Cascade Cliff
 25
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Cajun Hell Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove > Right Side
 17
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Weekend At Bernie's Cascade Cliff
 4
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
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