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School Rock 
Snowshed Wall 
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Donner Pass Road Rock Climbing 

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These crags are all along Donner Pass Road near Donner Pass itself, in the Old Highway 40 section of John Jackson's North Tahoe guidebook.

Getting There 

Drive on Interstate 80 from outside the Donner area.

From the west, take exit 174 at Soda Springs, and follow Donner Pass Road just past the ski areas where large rocks appear on both sides of the road.

From the east, take exit 184 just past Truckee for Donner Pass Road. Drive past the lake, and up to your destination.

Where to park:

For crags at the top of Donner Pass Road, or along the Pacific Crest Trail, your best bet park off the pavement on the shoulders of dirt service roads behind Sugar Bowl Academy, and walk down from there. In season you'll see PCT through hikers passing through. Occasionally you'll be able to park right at School Rock, too, but these convenient spots fill up first.

Park at the major paved parking area on the downhill side of Rainbow Bridge for this area.

The next major parking area with a port-a-potty faces the snowshed, for this wall and its neighbors.

There are pullouts on both sides of the road downhill from the Snowshed parking area for the Black Wall and nearby areas.

Downhill from snowshed, a pullout on the uphill side of the road is next to the Peanut Gallery.

The next pullout on the same side of the road is for the Road Cut.

Park on a pullout downhill from the Black Wall parking for this boulder.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

234 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',31],['3 Stars',103],['2 Stars',74],['1 Star',21],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Donner Pass Road

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Donner Pass Road:
Labyrinth   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Black Wall
Composure   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Snowshed Wall
Insidious Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Grouse Slab
Rated X   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Black Wall
Jellyroll Arch   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Grouse Slab
One Hand Clapping   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Black Wall
Black September   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Black Wall
Nova Express   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Snowshed Wall
Bottomless Topless   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Snowshed Wall
Touch A Cannibal   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Black Wall
Firecracker   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Black Wall
Farewell to Arms   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Snowshed Wall
Peter Principle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Snowshed Wall
Aerial   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Snowshed Wall
Karl's Overhang   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   School Rock
Disciples Of the New Wave   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Snowshed Wall
Cookie Mix   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   South Star Wall
Monkey Paws   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Snowshed Wall
Panic in Detroit   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, TR, 65'   Snowshed Wall
Cannibals   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Snowshed Wall
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