Donner Pass Road Rock Climbing
Easy fun line between School Rock and Grouse Slab ...
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.
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.
Weather station 2.1 miles from here
234 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',31],['3 Stars',101],['2 Stars',76],['1 Star',21],['Bomb',2]
Classic Climbing Routes in Donner Pass Road
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Cookie Mix 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a California
: Lake Tahoe
: ... : South Star Wall
This is an incredibly fun climb. Start on cool slopey edges and jugs down low. Move into a neat crux then up and around a roof to a sweet slab move. Find the jugs and work into the beautiful golden dihedral. Exit onto steep blocky jugs and use good footwork to pull the final roof out to a small headwall and finally the anchors. Superb movement calling for a variety of techniques in a stunningly aesthetic location. Have fun!...[more] Browse More Classics in California
Brad on the slash. A good view of the entire clim...
Paul on pitch one approaching the 5.8 steep hand j...