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5.7 Trad T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Follow the River S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pass, The S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Taking it for Granite T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Description

Easy multi-pitch climbing on superb granite in a beautiful Sierra setting. Close enough to Highway 88 to be simple to access but far enough out that it is unlikely to ever be crowded. Great place to introduce new climbers to multi-pitch climbing.
Emigrant Wall references the Mormon Carson Emigrant Trail, a major route into California during the California Gold Rush, which passed nearby.
First known development in 2017. No evidence of prior development.
Routes generally top out after three or four pitches. The last pitch is commonly easy 5th class. It is simple to walk of to the North (climbers left) after reaching the top of the wall. Currently "The Pass" has rappel stations, but at least a 70 M rope is required to descend.
During the Summer the wall sees sun from mid morning till sunset.

Getting There

Park at the turnout on the west side of the HWY 88 directly across from Kays Road or park at the pull in 300 yards south still on the west side of the road. Find the trail heading into the woods behind a white granite boulder at the west end of the large disused asphalt lot (like you are going to Old Camp Bluff). After a hundred yards, at the large downed tree break left from the Old Camp Bluff trail and follow that trail thru a mess of downed trees, skirting granite outcroppings, staying right of three small ponds. After the ponds the trail peters out, follow cairns across a ridge and stay on the left side of the valley until you reach the large granite slab. Approach shoes are helpful as you walk down the slab. Emigrant wall is to the South.
Approach is 1.5 miles and takes about 45 minutes.
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