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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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Submitted By: sulli on Oct 8, 2009
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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
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Featured Route For D.L. Bliss State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Jimmy Hayden Cruxin' on Spiderman - V7  photo: sul...

Spiderman V7 7A+  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Meteor Boulder
Come muster'd.Spiderman is the main line on the well featured Meteor boulder.A painful pinch and a cruxy heel lock set you up for multiple right hand bumps on bad slopers and crimps. Best done in chill conditions.One of the proudest sends in the area, a worthy project.There's actually a bunch of lines on this boulder, moving right from spiderman you'll find multiple variations from V3 - V6...[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
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Rock Climbing Photo: An attractive boulder in Bliss
An attractive boulder in Bliss

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2 days ago
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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