Elevation: 6,264 ft
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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.
V0 4
 39
The Brain
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 73
Holdless Horror
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 87
Strontium 90
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 53
Unknown Chimney
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 84
Car Jacker
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 80
Fallout
Trad, TR
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 154
Space Truckin'
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 60
Phallucy
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 67
Diamond
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 53
Buster Brown
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 93
Seams to Me
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 68
Quest for Glory
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 54
DWI
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 61
Space Walk
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 47
Huntin' Gator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Brain Bliss > Middle Bliss > Brain
 39
V0 4 Boulder
Holdless Horror Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 73
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Strontium 90 Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 87
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Unknown Chimney Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 53
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Car Jacker Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 84
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fallout Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 80
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Space Truckin' Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 154
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Phallucy Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 60
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Diamond Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 67
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Buster Brown Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 53
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Seams to Me Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 93
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Quest for Glory Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 68
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
DWI Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 54
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Space Walk Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 61
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Huntin' Gator Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 47
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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