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Cascade Cliff 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
D.L. Bliss State Park 5 / 0 / 5 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Desolation Wilderness 67 / 26 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 103
Eagle Rock 0 / 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Indian Rock 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1

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
 12
Bliss Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
 13
Gunslinger
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 54
Holdless Horror
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 60
Strontium 90
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 54
Car Jacker
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 55
Fallout
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 91
Space Truckin'
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 40
Diamond
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 36
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
 44
Quest for Glory
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 20
Skullduggery
Trad
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 32
Space Walk
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 20
Huntin' Gator
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bliss Arete D.L. Bliss SP > Middle Bliss > Big Face
 12
V4 6B Boulder
Gunslinger D.L. Bliss SP > Middle Bliss > "Gunslinger" Boulder
 13
V5 6C Boulder
Holdless Horror Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 54
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Strontium 90 Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 60
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Car Jacker Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 54
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Fallout Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 55
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Space Truckin' Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 91
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Diamond Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 40
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lightning Bolt Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > 90 Foot Wall
 36
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Buster Brown Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 45
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Seams to Me Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 65
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Quest for Glory Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 44
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Skullduggery Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 20
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Space Walk Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > Eagle Lake Cliff
 32
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Trad
Huntin' Gator Desolation Wild… > Eagle Creek Canyon > Mayhem Cove
 20
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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