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
593 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',46],['3 Stars',234],['2 Stars',225],['1 Star',75],['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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Absolutely Brilliant 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA
: ... : Main Wall
This route starts out as a steep face climb then goes over a small overhang. Above the overhang make some great stemming moves using the feature on the left (this feature is part of the 3rd pitch of North Face) then up and right to the top anchors of Dragon Back. Sure blows Powerlust away. Full on sport route with a tricky crux but not too powerful of moves. A little pumpy through sections and not too many great rests. A must do on the leap ticklist. This is a very good well protected classic f...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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Mike Arechiga on, Ultraviolet. 5.11b.
Sugarloaf, 1982. Photo by Blitzo.
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Climber at the top of Fear of Flying.
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Offwidth/chimney splitter at Loon.
Looking down at the very exposed traverse on pitch...
Note the horizontal crack exiting the bombay chimn...