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Rock Climbing Eagle Creek Canyon

Eagle Creek Canyon

Eagle Creek Canyon sits among the beautiful backdrop of Emerald Bay - this is Tahoe climbing at its finest!

This canyon lies above Emerald Bay, providing some of the prettiest climbing vistas in the Tahoe area. Eagle Creek Canyon offers an abundance of beginner, intermediate and advanced sport climbing options.

Several crags are within a ten-minute walk of the parking area, making this a popular choice for climbers, hikers and sightseers. Mayhem Cove and Ninety Foot Wall are recommended and are located west of the parking lot.

From South Lake Tahoe, drive north on Emerald Bay Road (SR 89) towards Emerald Bay. The parking area and the trailhead to Desolation Wilderness is located on the west side of the highway by Eagle Creek. Hike west on a trail paralleling the creek to reach the climbing areas in the canyon.

Recommended Routes & Yosemite Decimal System Rating:

Ninety-Foot Wall:
Holdless Horror 5.6
Shuman the Human 5.7
Rentier 5.7
Lightning Bolt 5.10b

Mayhem Cove:
Huntin' Gator 5.12b
Drinkin' White Lightning 5.12d
Cajun in Hell 5.13b

photo credit: Blitzo, mountainproject.com

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