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Areas in Donner Summit

* Donner Pass Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Baboon Crag 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Babylon Crag 8 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Bastille Slab (aka Nursery School Slab) 4 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Bat Walls 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Black Wall 43 / 9 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 51
Freeway Slab 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Gemstone Wall 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Goldilocks Wall 4 / 2 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Green Phantom Rock 7 / 2 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Grouse Slab 20 / 10 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
North Star Wall 6 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
P.C.T. Cliff 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Peanut Gallery Area 7 / 11 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Perch, The 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Road Cut, The 4 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
School Rock 13 / 2 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Snowshed Wall 40 / 12 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 51
South Star Wall 2 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Space Wall 3 / 7 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Stealth Wall 3 / 4 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Train Time Wall 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
White Dike Wall 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Access Issue: Donner/Truckee area Details

Description

Donner Summit is one of the crown jewels of climbing in Tahoe, featuring trad, sport, bouldering, and multi-pitch, all on high-quality granite, perched above Donner Lake and Truckee.  

Donner Summit generally covers crags and boulders situated between Donner Pass Road (i.e., Old Highway 40) and Interstate 80.  Most of the walls are accessed via Donner Pass Road, with a few exceptions accessed from I-80 (Babylon, Bat Wall, PCT Cliff, Freeway Slab).

Summer is the prime time to climb on the Summit, with spring and fall offering excellent conditions as well. The Summit is typically snowed-in in the winter, although a few crags (e.g., southwest face of Grouse Slab) can be climbed year-round.

Although many climbers will flock to popular walls like Snowshed, gems can be found everywhere, and it's not hard to find solitude if you're willing to hike a little further.  A dip in Donner Lake and some beers on the dock can be a great way to finish off a day of sending.

Getting There

Drive on Interstate 80 from outside the Donner area.

From the west, take exit 174 at Soda Springs, and follow Donner Pass Road just past the ski areas where large rocks appear on both sides of the road.

From the east, take exit 184 just past Truckee for Donner Pass Road. Drive past the lake, and up to your destination.

Lots of this area's destinations use the Pacific Crest Trail -the local path of least resistance - as art of their approach, especially on the north side of the road.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Donner Summit

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 128
Composure
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 113
Rated X
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 115
Jellyroll Arch
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 113
Telegraph Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 86
Mole's Corner
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 173
One Hand Clapping
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 138
Black September
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 156
Nova Express
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 138
Bottomless Topless
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 128
Farewell to Arms
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 63
Firecracker
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 97
Molar Concentration
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 100
Aerial
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 88
Peter Principle
Trad, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 57
Monkey Paws
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Composure Snowshed Wall > N Face
 128
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Rated X Black Wall
 113
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Jellyroll Arch Grouse Slab > E Face
 115
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Telegraph Crack Snowshed Wall > E Face
 113
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mole's Corner Snowshed Wall > E Face
 86
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
One Hand Clapping Black Wall
 173
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Black September Black Wall
 138
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Nova Express Snowshed Wall > E Face
 156
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Bottomless Topless Snowshed Wall > N Face
 138
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Farewell to Arms Snowshed Wall > E Face
 128
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Firecracker Black Wall
 63
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Molar Concentration Snowshed Wall > N Face
 97
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Aerial Snowshed Wall > N Face
 100
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Peter Principle Snowshed Wall > N Face
 88
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Monkey Paws Snowshed Wall > N Face
 57
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, TR
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