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Tahoe Rockclimbing

An excellent place for beginning rockclimbers to get their feet wet, is the 90 ft wall located approximately 50 yards NW from the bridge on the Eagle Falls Trial leading into Desolation Wilderness.

This granite wall consists of 20 established routes which can be easily toproped from anchor bolts along the rim. Long slings and supplemental gear are recommended to back up bolt anchors.
These climbs range from 5.7 to 5.11b with a chimney and a good variety of cracks to keep beginner and intermediate climbers challenged for awhile.

Brief Facts about the Rim Trail

Glenn Hampton, a retired recreation officer with the U.S. Forest Service, is considered the founder of the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165-mile loop trail circling the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The Trail winds through two states, six counties, four national forests, state parkland and three wilderness areas.
The Trail is open to hikers, runners, equestrians, and, in most areas, mountain bikers. An estimated 3,000 people use the trail each week during peak summer and fall months.
The Trail is considered moderate in difficulty with an average 10% grade. Trail elevation ranges from 6,300 feet to 10,333 feet.
The Trail is open after the snow melts in the spring (mid-June) until the first snowfall (mid-October). The public is welcome on the trail at other times, however the path may be obscured.
The Trail is accessible by nine official Tahoe Rim Trail trailheads located at a variety of locations around Lake Tahoe.
The Trail is marked with special light blue, triangular Tahoe Rim Trail markers. Trail maps are available.

Camping is allowed but subject to restriction in wilderness areas and Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. Water on the Trail is limited and must be treated before consumption. The Tahoe Rim Trail reflects the rich history of the Tahoe Basin. The Trail follows early Washoe Indian and pioneer routes and the pathways of Basque shepherds.
Volunteer crews of trail builders, supervised by trained leaders in conjunction with USDA Forest Service and Nevada State Parks, build and repair trail throughout summer and fall months each year. Trail work ranges from light raking and pruning to strenuous digging and boulder removal.
The Tahoe Rim Trail is considered one of the largest volunteer projects of its kind in the country. More than 10,000 volunteers have worked nearly 200,000 hours to make the trail a reality.

A Hiker soaks in the view of Eagle Falls, Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe
A Hiker soaks in the view of Eagle Falls, Emerald Bay and Lake Tahoe



Document Information
Source: USGS; USDA Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Other information courtesy of: North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Visitors and Convention Bureau; Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center; South Lake Tahoe CVB; Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority (LTVA)
Last modified: 20070415
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