North Tahoe Guidebook


The guidebook is divided into seven chapters, each covering a different climbing area in detail. This website offers additional bonus material, including interactive maps, route and area updates, access issues, alerts, and guidebook corrections.

The Auburn Quarry aka Cave Valley rock climbing. Limestone sport climbing.


A newly developed limestone sport-climbing area. Ideal for winter climbing when the rest of Tahoe is under snow. Single- and multi-pitch face climbing in a pleasant locale.

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Lake Bowman area climbing map and overview.


The most extensive sport-climbing area in the guidebook. More than 250 routes with difficulties ranging from 5.6 to 5.13.

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The North Lake Tahoe rock climbing crags bordering Interstate 80.


The largest region in the guide, offering a potpourri of smaller cragging venues with differing elevations, exposures, and styles.

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Sport and trad climbing on Donner Pass road.


The centerpiece of the North Tahoe region. World-class single- and multi-pitch climbs in a beautiful alpine environment overlooking Donner Lake. Novice to expert level sport and trad routes with quick, easy access.

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Truckee River Canyon rock climbing. Near Truckee california across from Squaw Valley ski resort. Big Chief, Shirley Canyon, Twin Crags rock climbing.


An unusual combination of granite, tuff, and basalt outcrops that offer a variety of mostly single-pitch sport and trad routes. Overall, the steepest climbing in the guide.

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The rock climbing areas around Lake Tahoe's north shore. Crystal Bay, Trippy Rock, Ballbuster Rock and Spooner Crag

North Shore Crags

Home to a number of small and extremely convenient venues with iconic views of Lake Tahoe. Primarily short routes that are generally toprope friendly, with fast and easy access.

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North Tahoe Climbing Areas