Type: Trad, 350 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Bruce Cooke & TM Herbert, 1968
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A nice but somewhat dirty route that has a unique topout!

P1-follow steep shallow corners and cracks to a decent ledge.

P2-a short pitch (technical crux) over a small roof to the base of the "Tree"

P3-climb the tree! Step off the top (very airy when windy!!!) of the tree.

Variation: climb 5.11 roof (might be dirty).


100' or so right of the lines on "The Line" lies the start.

Walk off standard east wall descent.

Obvious landmarks are "The Tree" itself.


Standard rack, heavier on smaller stuff. I actually got a 6" tube chock in one time, but it's not very necessary.
Oakland CA
caughtinside   Oakland CA
We did this climb in 2 pitches:

p1: 190' rope stretcher to the good ledge. This pitch had interesting climbing, but I couldn't enjoy it because everything was LOOSE. I probably tapped about 12 holds that wiggled, and another dozen hollow flakes. I thought this pitch was scary and I only followed it. Tell your belayer to take care in case you accidentally trundle something on them. I hated this pitch.

p2: 130' to the top. This pitch by contrast was great! Only a couple small loose things, and fun climbing with varied movement. At the finish you can either climb the tree or finish on the steep roofs which go at a moderate .9 and protect well, really pretty cool!

I've been told you can do Deviate to the ledge, and so avoid that junky first pitch. I think I'm going to try that next time, because the first pitch stunk and the second pitch was great. Sep 4, 2007
Bill Kelly
Lake Tahoe
Bill Kelly   Lake Tahoe
Happy to report, the Line's "Ugly Sibling" had a facejob. No more loose blocks with "unclear attachment" or potential "life threatening ginsu flake chop" on the first pitch. All gone. In its place a lovely section of stemming opportunity that protects bomber. Now your beloved belayer can stand directly below you with greater peace of mind. Now nothing prevents this route from becoming as popular if not more popular than the Line. P.S. Definitely two pitches not three, in my opinion, first all the way to the ledge, second to the top.

Regarding introductory route description: Climbing the tree is the variation. Turning the roof is no harder than 5.9 and protects well. May 12, 2008
Rick D
Reno, NV
Rick D   Reno, NV
Climbed this yesterday. Most of the big death blocks have been removed from the first pitch. There are still a hand full of smaller loose blocks, just tap the holds before you pull. There is still a good size loose half way up the second pitch. May 14, 2009
Los Alamos, NM
Aerili   Los Alamos, NM
This route is simply superb. It is certainly on par with The Line; not quite as clean but much more sustained and with more technical moves. I would argue pitch 1 is more difficult than pitch 1 of The Line, and the first 40 feet requires top notch stemming technique a la Hospital Corner. To make it all the way to the ledge, the climbing will require you to dig deep in your arsenal of mental stamina and, in my opinion, seemed more challenging than pitch 2.

I only encountered two loose blocks on this route, and although they get your blood going at first touch, they are easy to maneuver around.

Call me crazy, but I thought this wild roof was easier than the roof on The Line! And way more fun!!!! This route is definitely one of my new favorite climbs at the Leap.

Oct 20, 2010
Ben Broche
San Francisco, CA
Ben Broche   San Francisco, CA
This route is simply stellar, one of the best and most underrated at the Leap. I went up it in fall 2010. There were a couple loose sections on P1 and P2 (check before you go railing off a jug), but really not anything super sketchy.

You do not have to even touch the tree at the top to do this route - not sure if it makes it harder, but there is an absolutely amazing airy mantle finish out rock with great (but blind) pro. I never thought I would do a V0/V1 boulder mantle 500 feet off the ground at the top of a trad climb! The finish makes this fun route simply classic...DO IT! Sep 1, 2011
Evan Riley
San Francisco, CA
Evan Riley   San Francisco, CA
Climbed in two pitches with a 60 meter rope. The death blocks were off the wall (and on the ground at the base of the route), but the route was still dirty. If cleaned it would be a leap classic. Sep 6, 2011
Will M.
Will M.   Oakland
This climb is fun and underrated.

We climbed this route today and it is still in need of some cleaning (I'm happy to help with some instruction). A small amount of suspect rock remains but there is definitely enough for safe climbing. I found the first two pitches to be full on 5.8/9 climbing, comprable to The Line. The roof finish was memorable and exciting. Psychedelic Tree is well on its way to being a leap classic. Jul 22, 2012
M. Morley
Sacramento, CA
M. Morley   Sacramento, CA  
Pitch lengths:
P1: 185' to ledge
P2: ~115' to top Jul 29, 2012
Bill Kelly
Lake Tahoe
Bill Kelly   Lake Tahoe
First pitch now has a pin at the crux.

This seems unnecessary as area already protects well. Aug 30, 2012
Reno, NV
BruceB   Reno, NV
This is an adventurous, alpine like climb. Definitely more interesting than The Line

The first 70 or so feet are still quite dirty with a few creaky blocks, after that it improves somewhat. Having said that, this is still a great route. Rarely less than 5.8, with a few 5.9 moves thrown in. A good mix of hand jams, finger locks, face and dyke holds.

The double roof is super fun. Lots of exposure and a bit spooky as you can't see what's around each bulge. Definitely a grade harder and more wild and exposed than the roof on The Line. Protects well. Jun 6, 2013
Oakland, Ca
snowhazed   Oakland, Ca
I just did this for the first time and thought it was classic. If you have any alpine sensibilities, the looseness if casual and inspires more aesthetic climbing. So good. Sep 7, 2013
Mike McL
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Mike McL   South Lake Tahoe, CA
A really nice route that protects well. Climbs better than it looks. The first pitch is long and sustained with plenty of interesting stemming. We took the roof finish to P2 and it was pretty wild. Aug 18, 2014
Steven Sheets
Livermore, CA
Steven Sheets   Livermore, CA
Finally got on this thing. We pitched it out instead of doing two long pitches since I brought a small rack. The supertopo suggests having a #4 but you really don't need it.

I agree with p1 being harder than p1 of the Line. Nothing really hard on p1, it is just thought provoking & sustained at 5.8 as you climb through some munge & loose blocks. The rest of the climb is pretty cruiser with the roof finish being the best part of the climb. Jun 22, 2015
Colonel Mustard
Sacramento, CA
Colonel Mustard   Sacramento, CA
I was going to say that this route is just a smidgen less good than it's more famous eponymous neighbor (The Line), but that's not true. It's better. You don't have the line of folks lining up for The Line on this one.

It looks a bit mungy from the start, but the small flora and some moss don't actually impact where the climbing is at. But, sure if you like your climbs shaved bare, I can understand your aversion to the 70s style bush you might find on this route.

It's a pretty consistently fun climb. Splitting it into two pitches (long first, shorter second) is the way to go if swinging the leads, that way everybody gets some glory. The first lead is continuous, fun movement, and the second pitch culminates with a very epic roof for the 5.9 grade. Very nice. Jun 14, 2016
Michael Dom  
Best route at the Leap Sep 14, 2016
Chico CA
wcayler   Chico CA
Climbed Psychedelic tree last weekend. 4 stars for sure. Climbed in two pitches. think that this climb is better than the line or at least just as good. The route is a little more dirty because it is climb less often than the line. I didn't think the second pitch of the line was all that great, a lot of lose stuff and flakes on it, psychedelic is much cleaner and I think the pro is better. The first pitch is probably sustained 5.7-5.8 I don't think there was a 5.9 move on it, but harder than most climbs at the leap that are 5.8 so it could be called a 5.9. I think the second pitch off the belay is the "technical" crux. The moves are much more technical on psychedelic tree were as the line has I think more burly moves. You actually climb the dihedral on psychedelic tree unlike the dihedral on the line, that why I think psychedelic tree is better. The tree was looking pretty dead this last week, I climbed the roof system to the right and that was amazing. It's a very interesting roof system, make sure to extend the pro. Good pro and amazing moves the whole way up! Sep 29, 2016
The tree finish is crazy and a bit freaky. Better to go right and finish as described below Jan 10, 2018
Rew Exo
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Rew Exo   Mammoth Lakes, CA
I really enjoyed this route but it is still very dirty and has a few loose blocks. Jul 16, 2018