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Scale Wall Rock Climbing 

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Location: 38.91564, -121.01437 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Jan 20, 2003  with updates from Gordy Ainsleigh
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This colorful and featured limestone rock lives up to it's name. The rock was ground down by some sort of mining, and now contains many features that are definately not natural. Provided that you get over that, some of the routes on this wall are quite fun!

Ranging in height from 40 feet to 70 feet, there are routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.11, most of them sustained. All routes are bolted, but if you enjoy cheating death, you can also lead many of the limestone routes using protection. Some of the rock is still quite loose, so double and triple check any and all placements.

Getting There 

Estimated time from the parking lot: 20 minutes.

From the entrance to the Auburn Cliffs Valley, this is the rock on your immediate left that looks like it's been devoured by a huge machine.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.6 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Scale Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Scale Wall:
M+M   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Scooby Snacks   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Golden Guns   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Goldfingers (aka Scale Wall)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Nearing the Chains on Unknown .10b

Golden Guns 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : Lake Tahoe : ... : Scale Wall
This is currently the fourth bolted route from the left on the scale wall. Getting past the first two bolts is definitely the crux, so be confident in your abilities. Climb up through a committing first section to easier climbing above. Past the second bolt, this route is probably a 5.8....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Scale Wall, Landslide 5.8 next to unknown 5.10c
BETA PHOTO: Scale Wall, Landslide 5.8 next to unknown 5.10c
Rock Climbing Photo: Scale Wall routes.
Scale Wall routes.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ela Nordahl climbing
Ela Nordahl climbing
Rock Climbing Photo: Scale Wall
Scale Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: scale wall
scale wall
Rock Climbing Photo: you will find interesting features on this rock
you will find interesting features on this rock
Rock Climbing Photo: the most fun route on the scale wall, very easy bu...
the most fun route on the scale wall, very easy bu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Scale Wall on a frosty winter day.
BETA PHOTO: Scale Wall on a frosty winter day.

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By Chandler Heppe
From: Nevada City, CA
Jan 3, 2014
Really didn't enjoy this wall, every route is terribly dirty. It has some moderately rated climbs for beginners but even for that there are way better places to learn than this wall coated in dirt and apoxy.
By Rough
Jan 4, 2014
Just to be clear, there is not a single route on the Scale Wall with any epoxy. As for the dirt, it is a Quarry and you are climbing there in the winter which will be its "dirtiest" time. I do agree and will say though the Scale Wall is a face that does get a solid coating of dirt every winter due to how it sheds water / mud from the top of the cliff during rain. Come back in late spring through fall for cleaner climbing on this wall.
By V.C. C
From: Folsom, CA
Oct 24, 2016
I would highly recommend wearing a helmet when climbing/belaying at Scale Wall. We have witnessed loose blocks falling out from this wall more than once, some of them as big as 1-liter Nalgene bottles. And please note that the rocks at the top of the cliff can be easily dislodged and roll off the wall too. I would really recommend wearing helmets at this particular wall.
By FourT6and2 Haftel
From: San Francisco, CA
Nov 13, 2016
November, 2016. Lots of chopped bolts and chopped anchors here. Some of the routes can't be climbed because of it.

Also, lots of rock coming loose and falling. A microwave-sized block came off the wall and came about 2 feet from hitting someone.

Also, people walking around up top for some reason, kicking off rocks and debris.

Not an enjoyable place to climb. I've been here a couple of times and it's just getting ridiculous how bad the climbing is.
By David J. Riley
From: Rocklin, CA
Jun 6, 2017
In addition to the prior comments PLEASE USE CAUTION when hiking to the top of Scale wall. I have witnessed people dislodge big rocks and nearly maim others below including myself.

If you cannot Lead the routes on the wall and by-pass it by hiking to the top to set a top rope then be well aware you are accountable for the well being of others. So, be responsible and ask some one who is competent or find a climbing partner who can do it safely.

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