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Lightning Bolt Crag Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.32558, -120.64838 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bill Price on Jul 20, 2015

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Crag left of The Fortress.

Getting There 

Hike past The Fortress to some cairns that mark another trail to the left side of The Fortress. Cut up left on a new trail that leads toward the cliff left of The Fortress. The trail cuts back right, up a short distance, then right and up to the base of the left side of the cliff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Lightning Bolt Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lightning Bolt Crag:
Summer Storm   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Stormy Monday   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Rolling Thunder   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Lightning Bolt   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 60'   
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Featured Route For Lightning Bolt Crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Angie starting the corner.

Stormy Monday 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Lightning Bolt Crag
Begin climbing on Summer Storm using the first two bolts, then follow three bolts diagonal up and left where the slab steepens and the climbing gets difficult. Three more bolts leads to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Kelley Gilleran
From: Sacramento, Ca
Jul 31, 2015
Pretty sure that the location of this area is wrong on the MP mapping function. Just FYI.
By Mike Whipple
May 2, 2016
Hi gang,
I'm confused on the exact location of this crag. If looking at the Fortress is this uphill and to the left of it? Thanks
By Bill Price
May 2, 2016
Fixed map location. It is the cliff left of fortress, not really uphill from the fortress, but left for sure. Read the "getting there" description and follow the trail to the left side of the cliff.
By Marji
Oct 22, 2016
Finally checked out this crag! Really like the rock and the route lines, thanks! They are tough and diverse, make ya work and lots of fun. Folks need to check it out more often to help get it cleaned up. I was really impressed with how much work has been done to clean up the approach and belay area, my partner and I noticed and really appreciate it! Our only surprise was the grading was not consistent with the rest of the area. I'd never throw a practicing leader on that 5.9+ whereas I'd put them on the low 10's at Kudos wall. Great routes though!

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