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P.C.T. Cliff

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Day Hike T 
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Old Guys with the Shakes T 
P.C.T. Crack T 
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P.C.T. Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 39.34138, -120.33931 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Colonel Mustard on Jun 3, 2012
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A great locale located that is, as the name would suggest, off the Pacific Crest Trail (P.C.T.) in the section between Hwy 80 and Hwy 40. By the time you get there, the din of Interstate traffic has receded and you find yourself off a picturesque trail in that classic Sierra setting we all get lost day dreaming about during our working hours.

There are many climbing options here, but it may feel a bit adventurous as the approach to some climbs is grown in with thick manzanita scrub and there is often some (to a lot) of cleaning to be done on some of the routes. If you're looking for an experience far removed from that of cramming yourself into a telephone booth like other Donner climbing can sometimes feel, this is another great off the beaten trail location.

Once again, the "Local Guide to Rock Climbs of North Tahoe" by John Jackson is your go to slam piece for this area. Whether you buy it or borrow it, you must love it because the useful info on all these long since forgotten areas still outshines the typos and other unimportant minutiae.

Bring bug spray as this area has a large amount of still water for incubating the blood thirsty little mosquito bastards.

Getting There 

From the rest stop just east of Boreal ski resort on Interstate 80, head out from the east side of the rest stop parking lot near a bench and proceed south bound on a distinct trail. Keep trending south past a large pond/small lake, through various switchbacks, until a distinct multi-tiered band of rock emerges on the right close by the trail. This is the P.C.T. Cliff. It takes 20-30 min. of hiking to get to the crag.

Climbing Season

For the Donner/Truckee area.

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in P.C.T. Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for P.C.T. Cliff:
Moonwalk   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
P.C.T. Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: A shaped roof to start

Moonwalk 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : P.C.T. Cliff
This is a great route in its own right, but is a logical and excellent second pitch to Day Hike (or any of the more difficult routes to the Climbers left). It begins from a good ledge at the top of the slab that tops Day Hike. The route goes through an awkward A shaped roof to a perfect slightly less than vertical crack and then when it slabs out below a roof, cuts right through a cruxy boulder problem and up the easy face to the anchors.This thing is 9+ the same way Day Hike is (we all know w...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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New trail leading to base of what should be popula...
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By Patrick Mulligan
Jun 27, 2012
This Area is cleaning up well. Dan Seeliger (of Cochamo) has established at least one new route and cleaned up the wall quite a bit. PCT Crack, Day Hike, Dan's new route Helping Hands, and others have been brushed, cleaned and de-mossed and are climbing well.

Forget the bug spray, these little F'ers don't care (I found out yesterday). Long pants and a hooded sweatshirt work best. The wall is in the shade from 1pm on.

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