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90 Foot Wall

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Alias Emil Bart TR 
Bachar's Line TR 
Bastille TR 
Casual Observer T,TR 
Dave's Run T,TR 
Fallout T,TR 
Holdless Horror T,TR 
Ice Nine T,TR 
Lightning Bolt TR 
Lost In Space T,TR 
Never Ending Story TR 
Polar Circus TR 
Relativity TR 
Rentier T,TR 
Ripoff T,TR 
Shuman The Human T,TR 
Strontium 90 T,TR 
Tis-si-ack TR 
Vintage 85 T,TR 
Wide Boy T,TR 

90 Foot Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,731'
Location: 38.9506, -120.1165 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Brian Quiter on Aug 26, 2004

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BETA PHOTO: A few of the routes on 90 Foot Wall


About 90' tall (whoddathunk it?), 90 foot wall is a well-featured granite cliff that is very popular and easily top-roped... thus making it often crowded!

The wall provides a good selection of easy to moderate climbs - both face and crack. To set up top ropes, walk around to left. Most climbs have bolts up top, but it is wise to back them up because some of them are old, and all of them see a lot of action.

Gets sun in the mornings, so climb early in cold weather and late when its warm.

Getting There 

Walk out of the Eagle Creek Canyon parking lot away from Emerald Bay and follow the waterfall trail (the big trail). After a few hundered feet, the path splits, go right and follow the loop trail. A little while later, the Vista trail trail heads up and off to the right. Take it. Right before the bench that you may sit on to enjoy the beautiful vista, the trail turns sharply right. Don't turn right. Leave the trail and keep going straight over the large slabby rock, and about 150 feet later, 90' wall will appear on your right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 90 Foot Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 90 Foot Wall:
Casual Observer   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   
Holdless Horror   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Strontium 90   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   
Fallout   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Vintage 85   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   
Ice Nine   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Ripoff   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Lightning Bolt   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 80'   
Tis-si-ack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch   
Lost In Space   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch   
Bastille   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     TR, 1 pitch   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Rick Cashner on "Ice Nine". Photo Blitzo...

Ice Nine 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : 90 Foot Wall
Ice Nine starts on the right portion of Ninety Foot Wall about 20 feet left of the big cedar. It begins at the same spot as Lightning Bolt in a right-facing dihedral under a very obvious roof about 30' feet up. Ice Nine skirts to the right of the roof by following a diagnol crack from the dihedral towards the flake on the right side of the roof. This is the toughest part. Past the roof, jog up and left to avoid the more-difficult (~10d) line, then cut back right towards the top anchors to fi...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Ian G.
From: PDX, OR
May 25, 2009
I thought this place was really fun. My partner and I had hiked all the way out to Eagle Lake and had found the place really crowded. After mulling the options we came hear. I had always avoided this place because I heard it sucked, it was crowded, it's only toproping...blah blah. I had a great time. The 5.9 crack up the middle of the cliff was just plain fun. This isn't the place to go if you want to crank out testpieces, but for an afternoon of climbing it's pretty good.
By JGHarrison harrison
From: Reno, NV
May 31, 2012

This place gets a lot of action, and is fun for cranking out a few climbs after work or whatever. Every time I go there, however, dogs are running around getting in everyone's way. They walk on my rope, snarl at each other, etc. If you want to bring your dog fine, but keep it leashed at the bottom of the climb you are on.
By iceaxe5 Jim
From: Cedaredge, CO
Apr 20, 2015
Conflict at 90 Foot Wall / Emerald Bay / Tahoe

"Guideline #1: don't be a jerk"

That applies when out climbing, not just on this forum.

Took the whole family to 90 foot wall, which is well known to be "family friendly" due to a large staging area for the kids to stay clear of the wall when not climbing. Reality in climbing today is a legion of kids we are teaching to be amazing climbers who need rock time.

But then there's always the macho man with a finance and something to prove who wants to start fights under people's climbing lines because he wants the routes to himself.

Here's reality: popular places like 90 foot wall are not going to become unpopular any time soon. There's no room for people to always have their own ropes up. Use good manners and ask people if you can either ride their line (if you feel comfortable with their set up) or ask them if you may replace the line with yours. But trying to start fights over it and trying to intimidate people will not work.

In fact, you might just get your teeth knocked out in front of your fiancé for your troubles.

So let's review:
"Guideline #1: don't be a jerk"
And, popular routes are crowded. Get over it.
By iceaxe5 Jim
From: Cedaredge, CO
Apr 20, 2015
Now, for the 'normal' comments:

1. Great place to take the family. Everyone we met were very cool with one exception noted above.
2. Be aware you may ride someone else's line. Try not to hog a route if possible.
3. Great routes for beginners and intermediates.
4. PLEASE do not urinate or defecate within 200 feet of the river. We found quite a bit of toilet paper and fecal material along the river edge. There is a restroom 200 yards from the cliff. Please use proper sanitary field procedures if you must...
By Tatiana Cottam
From: Oakland, CA
Jul 8, 2017
Bolts for anchors at the top of this wall. Very easy walk-off to climber's left, no rapping.
The entire wall is in the sun for most of the day, so it cooks in the warmer months. No shade options for your belayer (except for the chimney route).

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