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Highway 50 Corridor Rock Climbing 


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Description 

If you can lead 5.9 trad, there's a lifetime of climbing along highway 50 (paraphrasing George Connor). One can indeed find many varieties of destination, from wilderness to crowded roadsides, for all skill levels and in all styles.

U.S. Route 50 connects Sacramento to Ocean City, Maryland. The section described here winds from its western terminus, up the Sierra Nevada foothills through Folsom and Placerville, weaving alongside the historic Pony Express trail, into the Echo Summit area (after which it descends into the South Shore).

Between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe, the main climber's gear stop is Strawberry Station, in view of the heavily visited Lover's Leap.

Read the Eldorado National Forest's brochure on the Highway 50 Corridor.

Getting There 

From all parts west, route 50 is caught in Sacramento, and signed east to South Lake Tahoe.

From the east, it can be picked up from Carson City or South Lake Tahoe.

Approximate eastbound mileages:

0 miles: Route 50 splits from I-80 in West Sacramento.
22 miles: Folsom Blvd (eastbound) for Folsom Bouldering.
33 miles: Bass Lake Rd (north) for The Neighborhood Rock.
43 miles: Missouri Flat Rd (south) for Cosumnes River Gorge.
47 miles: Broadway (north) in Placerville for Mosquito Coast.
70 miles: Ice House Rd (north) in Riverton for Loon Lake, Mushroom Boulder, Slick Rock Dome and other mid elevation spots in the Crystal Basin.
75 miles: 31 Milestone Tract (north) in Kyburz.
76 miles: Pullout (south) to park for Sugarloaf
77 miles: Silver Fork Road (south) for Eagle Rock.
81 miles: Wrights Lake Rd (north) for Phantom Spires and Wrights Lake, and higher elevation spots in the Crystal Basin.
85 miles: 42 Milestone Tract (south) in Strawberry for the Secrets and Cody Lake.
85 miles: Strawberry Lodge for Lover's Leap (south) and Strawberry Station (north).
87 miles: Twin Bridges for Pyramid Creek Canyon.
93 miles: Echo Summit Rd (north) for Echo Lakes.
94 miles: Echo Summit (south) and the Pacific Crest and Tahoe Rim Trails, and Lake Audrain.
98 miles: Junction with 89 in the South Shore area heading north into South Lake Tahoe, or south towards Luther Pass.

Climbing Season



Weather station 12.0 miles from here

593 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',46],['3 Stars',235],['2 Stars',222],['1 Star',75],['Bomb',3]
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Classic Climbing Routes in Highway 50 Corridor

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Highway 50 Corridor:
Corrugation Corner   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
Bear's Reach   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
Surrealistic Pillar   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 270'   Lover's Leap : Lower Buttress
Haystack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
East Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
Traveler Buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
The Line   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
Ice House Roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 450'   Slick Rock Dome : Crystal Wall Area
Fantasia   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Lover's Leap : East Wall
Fear of Flying   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches   Phantom Spires : Upper Spire
Hospital Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 240'   Lover's Leap : West Wall
Eeyore's Enigma   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
Surrealistic Pillar Direct   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lover's Leap : Lower Buttress
Candyland   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad   Phantom Spires : Middle Spire
Tombstone Terror   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
The Fracture   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   Sugarloaf : Sugarloaf, East Face
Taurus   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sugarloaf : Sugarloaf, East Face
Boot Hill   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Lover's Leap : Main Wall
Pillar of Society   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Lover's Leap : Lower Buttress
Grand Illusion   5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Trad, 1 pitch   Sugarloaf : Sugarloaf, East Face
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The Gamoke 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : West Wall
You can either do the same start as Hospital Corner, or start up a grungy corner just to the right of that. first pitch, 5.8. you could also start up the first pitch of Anesthesia (that sparsely, but adequately bolted slab just right of HC, 5.8) You can either build a gear belay on some blocks at the base of the huge flake, or do what we did, which was to build it on the p1 Anesthesia bolted belay, 10 feet to the right. This saves your hand-sized cams you need for higher on the route.Pitch t...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Highway 50 Corridor Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Batman Can't Fly. Photo is at the crux, transition...
Batman Can't Fly. Photo is at the crux, transition...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Arechiga on, Ultraviolet. 5.11b.
Mike Arechiga on, Ultraviolet. 5.11b.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sugarloaf, 1982. Photo by Blitzo.
Sugarloaf, 1982. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Betsy Grant leading with bolt kit on FA of Naptime...
Betsy Grant leading with bolt kit on FA of Naptime...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber at the top of Fear of Flying.
Climber at the top of Fear of Flying.
Rock Climbing Photo: MUCH bigger than the photo suggests (30-40ish feet...
MUCH bigger than the photo suggests (30-40ish feet...
Rock Climbing Photo: Twist and Shout
Twist and Shout
Rock Climbing Photo: Get your shower here
Get your shower here
Rock Climbing Photo: Offwidth/chimney splitter at Loon.
Offwidth/chimney splitter at Loon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at the very exposed traverse on pitch...
Looking down at the very exposed traverse on pitch...
Rock Climbing Photo: Note the horizontal crack exiting the bomb bay chi...
Note the horizontal crack exiting the bomb bay chi...

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