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Lower Cliffs, Lower Tier

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Arrow Head S 
Captain Cheese Dog S 
Crackey McCrackerton (....unknown) T,TR 
Flatus S 
Grizzly Crack T 
Indian Springs S 
Out of the Blue TR 
RP 4 Me T,S 
Sundaze S 
Super Thin T 
Zephyr S 

Lower Cliffs, Lower Tier Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.3281, -120.5654 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Paul Rezucha on Jul 25, 2005


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The Lower Tier is mostly face climbing with climbs ranging from 5.9 to 5.10c/d. Several of the 8 climbs make excellent sport leads but bolts may be a little far apart in places. Trad gear helps to protect the sparse areas. Since this is the first rock face you come to as you approach the area and has many great face climbs, most people would start climbing here. All routes have anchors and some have rappel rings. This lower tier is around 50' tall at the highest point. Great routes on the lower tier include Indian Springs and Zephyr. The rock is solid granite with many features and characteristics. Very good place for moderate level climbers to practice face climbing!

Getting There 

From the parking lot you would head straight in towards the cliffs following a small trail that leads right to a low angle slab to the right. Hike to the top of the slab and then head straight towards the left side of the lower tier. Approach time is only 10-15 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Cliffs, Lower Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Cliffs, Lower Tier:
Grizzly Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   
Indian Springs   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Zephyr   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown 5.6, the last climb on the left side on th...

Crackey McCrackerton (....unknown) 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Lower Cliffs, Lower Tier
A short, easy-but-fun route on the lower tier. Climb the slightly right-leaning crack to a small ledge, over a bulge and to the anchors. A good beginner top rope. It looks like it would be a good lead for for a relatively new leader gaining experience placing gear. The crux is pulling over a small bulge with your last gear at your knees, but the holds are great and the anchors appear right away, so the move doesn't feel desperate.This is the 5.6 portion, the rest is easier. Two-bolt anchor at th...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Climbing Indian Springs
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By Paul Rezucha
From: Alameda
Aug 1, 2005
My apologies to Rocco Spina and friends who were the developers of this area in 1990. I just learned this information and wanted to pass it on to all. Rocco Spina pretty much did all the FA at Indian Springs.
By Alex Curtis
From: Rexburg, ID
Jul 30, 2008
This is a great area because it is fairly accessible and still has the feeling of being remote. The routes are challenging, but not so tough that they become a chore, or frustrating. I think that it is important to note that all the routes (that I know of) on the lower tier can be Top Roped. There is a fairly easy class IV scramble to the left of the routes. It is fairly obvious when you see it. (Sorry I didn't get a picture). You can simply climb to the top, set up the rope and rappel down to your buddies and begin climbing.

Great for practicing and very fun routes.
By Alden
Aug 16, 2010
I just went climbing this past weekend (August 2010). Zephyr was a fun climb, but when I got to the top I found the anchor bolts to be loose. Needing to reclaim my gear I walked over to the bolts on the left, set up an anchor, and redirected it by a quickdraw running off the 3rd and middle bolt of Zephyr. We had to walk around to reclaim the anchor. You can lead this, but shouldn't top-rope it, as the anchors at the top are not secure. You'll have to jury-rig something to reclaim your quickdraws.
By Justin Johnsen
From: California
Apr 22, 2013
Lower Tier route sorting left to right:

Out of the Blue
Captain Cheese Dog
Super Thin
Indian Springs
RP 4 Me
Arrow Head
Grizzly Crack

Johnny Wall is a separate area, not part of the Lower Tier at all. Any way to convert that without breaking johnnyrocks' content? I'd be glad to create it, but don't want him to lose credit for adding this helpful content.

If we can't transfer the Johnny Wall route to an area, then it should be sorted as the farthest left "route" under Lower Tier, to match the physical location.
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Apr 22, 2013
By Justin Johnsen
From: California
Apr 23, 2013
Danke Mike!

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