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Horseshoe Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Horseshoe Canyon currently contains some of the tougher climbing in the Auburn Cliffs area, with routes up to 5.12c. This area is still very much under development, with new routes going up every once in a while.

The right side of Horseshoe Canyon itself is over 200 feet in height, though most of the current routes don't go any further than 75.

All existing routes in Horseshoe Canyon are bolted, though one climb should definitely be backed up with protection, as the bolts are not good.

Getting There 

Estimated apporach time from the parking lot: 21 minutes.

From the entrance to the Auburn Cliffs Valley, head past the Memorial Wall and Scale wall into the first canyon on the left. This is horseshoe Canyon.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Horseshoe Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Horseshoe Canyon:
Unknown 5.10a   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Uncomfortably Dumb   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Vacavillain   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Human Oddity   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Unknown   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Animal Style   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Bizatch   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Human Oddity 5.12a Auburn.  One of the, if not THE...

Human Oddity 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Horseshoe Canyon
To find this climb, look into Horseshoe Canyon. You will see bolted routes on the right-hand wall (extending back towards the "horseshoe"). This climb follows the leftmost set of bolts on that wall.This climb has a little bit of everything. Start with an easy jug haul to a roof section involving an interesting, slopey hole. Continue, and enjoy a slabby/crimpy section followed by more vertical and overhung fun.There are primarily two difficult sections on this climb: the roof leading from the...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Crowded day at Auburn!
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Morning Light on the wall by @seek_shangri_la
Rock Climbing Photo: Horeshoe
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Rock Climbing Photo: Scoping out routes in Horseshoe Canyon.
BETA PHOTO: Scoping out routes in Horseshoe Canyon.

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By AaronMana
Sep 22, 2015
Really fun climbs here, but BELAYERS BEWARE! More than once I've see dinner-plate-sized flakes pop off towards the top on some routes... just pay extra attention, and don't stand directly under a climber.

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