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Eagle Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 39.0955, -120.164 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris S on Nov 3, 2009
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Eagle Rock is an outcrop of volcanic welded tuff on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Only a few minutes uphill from the pull-out, there are five to ten bolted lines. Some look a little more "adventurous". But there's several well-bolted routes too. These routes aren't listed in any guidebook, so there's no ratings or route names known.

Getting There 

Drive three miles south on Hwy 89 from Tahoe City to Eagle Rock. Park in the pull-out on the west side of the highway immediately past Eagle Rock.

From there, walk north back up the road 20 feet then cut left and up over some fallen trees and shrubs. Head right after climbing up 20-30 feet and you should see the tiny dirt trail. Follow that up for 50 feet or so and it will be on your left in a clearing.

The majority of the routes are on the southeast corner of Eagle Rock, and also on the nearby east and south aspects.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Eagle Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eagle Rock:
Unknown 3   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Eagle Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: 5.10c/dish on the left side of the light orange fa...

Unknown 2 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Eagle Rock
Very fun route. Using balance and small holds keeps you on your toes until just after the 4th bolt, where the climb eases up a bit. Somewhat technical, with the crux located between the 2nd and 4th bolts....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Gill
From: minden, nevada
Jan 20, 2011
I live in Minden. Don't know the west shore very well. Can anyone give me a better idea how far away Eagle Rock is from Tahoe City? Or better yet I'll be driving up from the South. How far is Eagle Rock from Emerald Bay or Meeks Bay? How do you know which rock is Eagle Rock? THANKS
By Chris S
Jan 20, 2011
The directions are pretty much spot on - Eagle Rock is immediately off the road - so immediate that they cut into it to engineer the roadbed. Its also the only rock in site at this point of the road, so you really shouldn't miss it! Its 3 miles from the city limit sign or 4.7 miles from the 89/28 stop light in Tahoe City. Using Google Maps, that's 6.4 miles north of Meeks Bay. Of course, its under a lot of snow right now - but you probably know that!! :)

Have a fun adventure, and let me know what you think!

By Jared Moore
From: Tahoe City, CA
Dec 15, 2013
My girlfriend and I have scouted out this rock a couple times now -- we just moved here. We found and climbed 3 bolted routes, so far, that are safe and fun to climb. There were a few other lines that seemed to have a few bolts towards the bottom but disappear soon after. Maybe they exist, not sure. The area we climbed today was the wall located just above the steep rock face right next to the road. I am really baffled as to why the 3 established routes have no name or grade. One would think that the person bolting would have passed on that information. IMHO (and I could be a bit off), going from left to right, I would give the routes ratings of 5.8, 5.10b/c, and 5.9. To the right of these lines a little ways are the 2 or 3 other lines I mentioned before. There are plenty of places around the rock where a TR could be setup. I'm curious to see how this rock develops, as there seems to be a lot of room for future lines to go up. Hope this helps anyone whose thinking of going out and climbing Eagle Rock. Pretty fun climbing, especially if you live around Tahoma, with it being so close. The next few days will be really nice for climbing. Little bit of snow to get through to get to the wall, but there is no snow on the actual wall itself.
By Jared Moore
From: Tahoe City, CA
Jun 8, 2014
Who bolted the routes on Eagle Rock?
By Chris S
Jun 9, 2014
No idea who bolted the routes at Eagle Rock - I did find an older staple-back guide that mentioned Eagle Rock as a top rope location but didn't list any bolting activity (that book is in storage right now, if I can dig it out I'll try to scan it and share the resulting PDF). Some of the bolting is (obviously) true sport climbing, but some of the older routes look like to be more trad leaning - you may need a few pieces of gear or slings to adequately protect the route.
By Jared Moore
From: Tahoe City, CA
Jun 9, 2014
Cool, thanks Chris. I'm wondering if bolting is even allowed here. I've heard climbing is prohibited at Eagle Rock, but there are no signs indicating this. I want to ask someone if bolting is okay, but I'm also afraid that they will say climbing is not even permitted.
By Road
From: Stanton
Aug 1, 2015
wasn't easy to find. from the main parking lot, walk north back up the road 20 feet then cut left and up over some fallen trees and shrubs. head right after climbing up 20-30 feet and you should see the tiny dirt trail. Follow that up for 50ish feet and it will be on your left in a clearing.

It seems that the third route keeps going past the shared anchor with route two. I didn't investigate
By Tony L
Jul 18, 2017
Wear your helmet! Put it on at the car. There are lots of people above who have no idea you are down there. We hauled out a lawn chair that had been thrown off the top.

The 3 listed routes are good for an after-work climb, but hardly a destination like Eagle Lakes to the south (no relation to this area), or Big Chief or Donner to the north. The rock is somewhat loose like the Pinnacles. All of the bolts I found appear to be stainless steel of modern vintage.

I walked around the base and spotted the 3 listed routes (as of July 2017) as well as 4 other lines on the east and north side of the rock (I have added, please leave a comment and I'll update). The listed routes had been climbed in the past few months. The unlisted routes seemed to have no chalk or sign of use (one had a bail biner on the 1st bolt). At least two of the unlisted routes appeared to be well-protected, modern sport lines. Maybe this was someone's project area a few years back?

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