Highway 50 Corridor Rock Climbing
Paul Crawford on "Metallarete". Photo by...
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
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.
Weather station 12.0 miles from here
592 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',47],['3 Stars',232],['2 Stars',226],['1 Star',74],['Bomb',3]
Classic Climbing Routes in Highway 50 Corridor
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Highway 50 Corridor:
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Under My Skin 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CA
: ... : Nap Wall Area
A fun face climb that tucks under the massive flake to the left of Urethra. At times you can grab the flake or lean back against it. This made drilling on lead very easy through this section. The climb then leaves the flake, moves out into the open and up water streaks to the ring anchors. It takes two ropes to rap from here, or continue (right) on fun, easy climbing (but no protection) to the uppermost chains. It is a 60 meter pitch and if using a shorter rope you can belay from a ledge at the ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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