Rope up at this popular spot with a short approach and beautiful view at the top.

Park at the Eagle Creek Canyon parking lot. If it's full, park alongside the Hwy 89, right at the entrance of the Eagle Creek Canyon parking pullout. Both parking areas fill up quickly, so if those two are full, park across the street at Emerald Bay Vikingsholm Trail parking lot. That area can fill up quickly too, but hey, this is Tahoe and a popular area to explore.

This rock climbing spot features a lot of activities: hiking, backpacking (desolation wilderness), camping, and yes, even geocaching! Technically, you can climb all year round, but I highly recommend coming when it's not super cold and wet. (Bring crampons or snow boots if you go in the winter and it's snowed in). It's a very popular spot, generally attracting a big crowd, so go early in the morning during late spring and summer months when weather is good. 

Camping is close to the bathrooms and parking lot, Eagle Falls Campground. 


Bathrooms at the parking lot are not always open. They are closed for the season during the winter and reopen sometime in late May or June.

Approach: 
About 10 - 15 min.
Walk out of the parking lot and follow the waterfall trail. The path will split so take a right, then the trail turns sharply right. Don't turn right. Leave the trail and continue straight over the slab rock, then about 150 feet later the 90ft. wall will appear on your right. 

Coordinates:
38.9506, -120.1165
This is a trad (1 pitch) and top rope area. 

Some notable routes:
Alias Emil Bart (5.10c)
Fallout (5.9)
Holdless Horror (5.6)
Lightning Bolt (5.10b)
Strontium 90 (5.8)
Rentier (5.7)

Pack List

  • SuperTopo: South Lake Tahoe Climbing
  • Chalk
  • Rope
  • Harness
  • Climbing shoes
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • Trad rack
  • Gopro, if you want
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Trash bag, for your garbage (pack it in, pack it out)
  • Light jacket (can get cold)
  • Snow shoes/crampons, if you're going in the winter
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic

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Earn Your View Of Emerald Bay

Awesome selection of climbing routes and difficulty levels. Great view of the bay and lake from the top. Surrounded by the Desolation Wilderness and Eagle Falls. A must do if you are itching to climb around Tahoe. It is also located near DL Bliss State Park where you can Boulder and cliff jump into the lake.


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