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Indian Springs Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,500'
Location: 39.32752, -120.56732 View Map  Incorrect?
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The main area of Indian Springs is a 3-tiered south facing granite slab with about 20 routes ranging from 5.6 to hard 5.11. Most of the routes are bolted with additional trad gear possibilities here and there to help protect longer run-out sections. A few climbs are strictly trad. The rock is excellent quality making for exceptional face climbing routes.

Indian Springs Campground is just down the road and the close-by South Yuba River offers a wonderful dip after a hot day of climbing.

To descend off the upper tier, walk left down the western rock slabs circling back around to the cliffs. The trail is pretty much non existent through the manzanita so most people rappel down the main slabs. Double bolts with chains and rappel rings are easily found on top of most routes. Access is free and the approach is a fairly easy 10-15 minutes walk straight in from parking lot following a small trail to slabs which can be hiked up to the right to the top and then left to base of lower tier. The best path is not obvious but basically you head for the left side of the lower tier. Either way, you can't get lost as the cliffs are always in plain sight.

The lower tier offers numerous introduction routes in the 5.9 to 5.10 range which are excellent leads. All routes can be top-roped also by scrambling up the left side. Some of the routes do have some run-out sections which may or may not have trad placement possibilities. There is also a large section of rock to the right of the lower tier that has some moderate climbs. I haven't seen much information on this section but looks fun to explore. Recommended routes are Indian Springs (5.9), Sundaze (5.9+), Zephyr (5.10c/d), Fire Stone (5.9), Rocco's Corner (5.9+), and Joey's.

Indian Springs does have a two page spread in Mike Carville's Falcon Guide called Rock Climbing Lake Tahoe. The guide has a sketch of the 3-tiers with route names, ratings, and locations identified.

Getting There 

Indian Springs is conveniently located one mile west of Cisco Grove on the north side of Interstate 80, about 45 miles east of Auburn and 12 miles west of Donner Pass Summit.

Exit at the Eagle Lakes Rd exit and turn north and west following the Eagle Lakes frontage road for about 1/2 mile.

An obvious pullout parking area is found on the right side with a clear view of the cliffs up and on the right about 500 yards away.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Indian Springs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Indian Springs:
Crackey McCrackerton (....unknown)   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Lower Cliffs, Lower Tier
Grizzly Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   Lower Cliffs, Lower Tier
Indian Springs   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Cliffs, Lower Tier
Zephyr   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Cliffs, Lower Tier
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Rock Climbing Photo: Dirty Thirty. Stay on the face for a thin 5.9-. Us...

Dirty Thirty 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : No Name Slab
A couple options here, climbing the seam/face goes 5.8+/5.9-. Climbing from the face to the arete seams a little easier with a couple of big jugs on the arete, maybe 5.8. There's still potential for a trad lead, but likely won't be good gear. Walk off above TR anchor on 4th class terrain. Go right and find a gully to descend to base.Bolts are planned for a TR anchor in the near future....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Aerili
From: Los Alamos, NM
Oct 19, 2011
Depending on what you wish to lead, bringing a light rack of singles to #1 plus a set of small cams like C3s will cover any pro you wish to supplement between bolts on most routes here.
By Thrutchtastic
From: Sparks, NV
Jul 12, 2015
Bit of clarification on the "getting there" info: it's one mile *west* of the Cisco Grove exit, not east.

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