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Description 

Although this area is often simply called (the) Hogsback, this North Face area is to distinguish the adjacent collection of routes here, all generally served by a single approached and descent, from those at the far west end (Hogswild) or the South Face. This section faces away from the main Lovers Leap cliffs, and is often shady until afternoon.

Getting There 

Follow Pony Express Trail from the campground for 1 mile or more until you are even with the eastern notch on Hogsback. You will notice a trail on the left going up. Follow this trail back down (towards the creek and highway) and around to the north face. Knapsack crack is the first route above the talus field. Walk off all routes to the east. (Megin Olson)

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Weather station 6.4 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in North Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for North Face:
Knapsack Crack   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Manic Depressive Direct   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Deception   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Harvey's Wallbangers, Center   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   
Wave Rider   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad   
Harvey's Wallbangers, Right   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
Harvey's Wallbangers Left   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Deception Direct   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 300'   
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Featured Route For North Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Bill H on Knapsack Crack, 7/16/11.

Knapsack Crack 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : North Face
Start below a lone tree on the east side of Hogsback. The first pitch ends at the tree and is very easy. From the tree the second pitch contains some 5.5 moves, but due to the low angle of the rock it doesn't feel that way. A 60 m rope gets you from the tree to the end of the second pitch. Use a 50 m and you will be belaying from the crack itself. Not that this is a bad thing as it helps to build confidence in belaying without a ledge.The third pitch is again very easy to climb and protect....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Megin Olson
From: Costa Mesa, California
Jul 8, 2014
Approach information: follow Pony Express Trail for 1 mile or more until you are even with the eastern notch on Hogsback. You will notice a trail on the left going up. Follow this trail back down (towards the creek and highway) and around to the north face. Knapsack crack is the first route above the talus field. Walk off all routes to the east.

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