See what the Lake Tahoe climbing scene is all about one world-famous granite rock formation at a time along Nevada’s eastern shoreline. With climbing routes in Incline Village all the way down to Stateline, there’s a route for everyone with easy, intermediate, and advanced bouldering and climbing routes minutes from the highway. Like most of the developed crags around Lake Tahoe, the East Shore Crags are mostly granite, but also include andesite, rhyolite, and tuff rock formations, and with most routes within direct sunlight, makes climbing Lake Tahoe’s “Banana Belt” accessible almost every month of the year.
Begin your Lake Tahoe climbing adventure in North Lake Tahoe at Trippy Rock—an andesite, or volcanic rock nearly 75 feet tall and 100 feet across, and can be climbed with many variations ranging from 5.6 to 5.11c, along with bolt anchors on top for third-class toproping. Following the Lake Tahoe Loop road trip further down the highway, climbers will also love Spooner Crag near the Highway 50 and NV 28 junction at Spooner Lake State Park, offering crag climbing and bouldering in the trees above the road. And even further south, take advantage of Shakespeare Rock near Glenbrook for legendary multi-face climbing, a roofless cave called “The Eye of the Hurricane” and unbeatable views of the Jewel of Sierra from far above the treeline.
For more information on planning your Lake Tahoe adventures, stop by the Explore Tahoe Visitor Center, or dial (530) 542-4637.
Trippy Rock and the East Shore Crags are accessible year round, weather permitting.
Trippy Rock and the East Shore Crags are managed by the US Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin, making free public access available to all. No permits are required to climb Trippy Rock, Spooner Crag, or Shakespeare Rock.
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