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D.L. Bliss State Park Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,200'
Location: 38.9791, -120.0983 View Map  Incorrect?
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D.L. Bliss State Park 

Bliss ... the name is fitting. This is arguably one of Tahoe's finest bouldering areas. Nestled on the waters edge along Tahoe west shore, Bliss state park is peppered with free standing granite erratics ranging from pee wees to towering horror shows.

The area is separated into three smaller zones, north, central, and south Bliss. While the central sector holds the most consistent concentration, each area has a unique character, and enough problems to be worth repeat visits.

Besides its easy access, and close proximity to Tahoe... The quality of the problems here is really what sets Bliss apart from a lot of other areas. Big lines on thin granite features, complex technical sequences, and good landings, give this place an aesthetic quality all it's own. Tips can get shredded quick here though, so it's smart to choose your objectives wisely.

Summers can get hot as there is not a lot of cover, but a morning session can easily be followed by a dip in the lake. In spring and fall, bliss really comes into its own as cooler temps make for awesome friction opening up some of the more classic lines.

Getting There 

West shore Lake Tahoe, heading south, after tahoma, but before Emerald bay. Look for the turn outs, each area has one.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.9 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in D.L. Bliss State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for D.L. Bliss State Park:
The Brain   V0 4     Boulder, 35'   Middle Bliss : The Warm Up Boulder
Rusty Nail   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   South Bliss
Grim Reaper   V3 6A PG13     Boulder, 15'   Grim Reaper
Solar Eclipse   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   South Bliss
Bliss Arete   V4 6B     Boulder, 16'   Middle Bliss : Big Face
Gunslinger   V5 6C     Boulder, 14'   Middle Bliss : "Gunslinger" Boulder
The Cave Boulder   V5 6C     Boulder, 14'   Middle Bliss : The Cave Boulder
Spiderman   V7 7A+     Boulder, 14'   North Bliss : Meteor Boulder
J'aime Bonpland   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 110'   Calawee Cliffs
Blissful Banging   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 110'   Calawee Cliffs
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Rock Climbing Photo: J'aime Bonpland

J'aime Bonpland 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Calawee Cliffs
Tahoe wasn't always Tahoe. Over time, The Lake has been given different names by different groups of people. In the winter of 1844 John Fremont and Charles Preuss were having a very bad time trying to explore the Sierras during winter. On February 14th, after "an extraordinary meal of pea soup, mule, and dog" they dragged themselves up Red Lake Peak on Carson Pass and became the first White Europeans to see the lake. At the time, local Washoe had already named the lake. They called it Da-ow-a...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Trad climbs on the water at DL Bliss. Paddleboard ...
Trad climbs on the water at DL Bliss. Paddleboard ...
Rock Climbing Photo: bliss
Rock Climbing Photo: bliss
Rock Climbing Photo: bliss
Rock Climbing Photo: An attractive boulder in Bliss
An attractive boulder in Bliss

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Jul 22, 2017
I had a difficult time locating the bouldering from the descriptions here. I was under the impression that the boulders were found down by the water, inside the entrance to the State Park. We found middle or south bliss boulders on hwy 89, approximately .25 mile south of the entrance to D.L. Bliss State Park (parking coordinate: 38.972302, -120.098379). It was nowhere near the water.

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