BETA PHOTO: Camille raps Over the Rainbow while I goof off at ...
Rainbow is a very beautiful place set on a small hill above the tiny community of Big Bend. it is west facing so its best to climb in spring or fall. Even though its right off the freeway it sees very little traffic and it holds spectacular climbing on white granite slabs. The rock is very hard and is much like some of the rock you would find in Donner Summit. The majority of routes ascend thin edges or cracks on small dome like structures. This area is not for beginners. There is one 5.9 and the rest are 5.10a-5.12c. This area is small enough were you could tick of most of the classics in one day, but is definitely worth climbing at.
Rainbow is located on the west side of Donner Pass, about 17 miles west of Truckee and a few miles east of Cisco Grove. To find Rainbow, exit off Interstate 80 at Big Bend and turn onto Hampshire Rock Road. Continue to a roadside parking area just east of the south Yuba River. The climbing area is the odvious group of granite cliffs facing west. The approach trail begins behind a storage garage across the street from Big Bend Ranger Station and follows a narrow trail that winds through acres of manzanita to the base of the wall. The approach should only take 10 minutes.
Climbing Season For the I-80 Corridor area.
Weather station 0.4 miles from here
32 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Rainbow
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BETA PHOTO: Scareflow on Jan 1, 2016. Temps were about 10°F.
By Patrick Mulligan
Sep 17, 2012
This Area could use some love. Several of the bolt, while 3/8", are heavily corroded.
By Patrick Mulligan
Apr 20, 2014
This area in the last two years has seen a lot of love. While there are still some issues to work out (whoever replaced the bolts used stainless bolts and plated washers (washers are rusted) most of the hardware looks good. Check recent comments for current status.
Jul 22, 2014
Someone took a chainsaw to the established climber's trail. Couldn't say if it was climbers who did it or someone just playing with a chainsaw. Large swaths of brush were cut without apparent logic and some of the cut brush was tossed onto the original trail.
Since the Big Bend Fire Department is right across the road from the trail head it's possible it was firemen practicing brush clearing.
Looks like it was done early spring of '14.