Lake Tahoe | Sierra Nevada

Rock Climbing in Lake Tahoe

Season

Spring through fall

Nearest city

South Lake Tahoe is minutes away

Duration

1 day

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

The Lake Tahoe Basin holds a lifetime of climbing

Nestled between the main Sierra Nevada crest on the west and the Carson Range on the east, lies Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America. Towering above this beautiful lake is an enormous expanse of fine-grained, high-quality granite. With classic options such as Lover’s Leap, Traveler Buttress, or Bear’s Reach, this area caters to all skill levels. It doesn’t take much to see why Lake Tahoe remains a perennial favorite among climbers hungry for world-class rock climbing options in the Sierra.

Most Popular Itineraries

A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide

From $200 per person · Full-day

Lake Tahoe offers so many great climbs that having a certified guide to help you navigate your options will ensure you make the most out of your time on the rocks. Your customized full-day experience will have you developing your technique on handpicked routes catered to your skill level or testing your skills on tough classics reserved for seasoned climbers.

Half-Day of Climbing With a Private Guide

From $120 per person · Half-day

Working on a tight schedule? This customized half-day of guided climbing will have you accomplishing a lot in a short time. Whether you want to work on building your skills or climb a classic route in the area, name your goals and your certified guide will take care of the rest!

Half-Day Family Rock Climbing Adventure

From $120 per person · Half-day

Take your family adventure to the next level and come on down to Donner Summit, whose moderate crags are the perfect place to enjoy rock climbing with a group of various skill levels. Family climbing sessions are a great way to explore parts of Lake Tahoe that you’ve never seen before and improve your skills alongside a private guide.

Multi-Pitch Rock Climbing Day

From $300 per person · Full-day

The urge to scale a large cliff and reach the summit is what drives many to get into the sport. Multi-pitch climbing is the way to achieve that goal. This guided full-day experience will start with a review of basic climbing systems, after which you will learn to safely move out of the single-pitch world. The day culminates with an ascent of a multi-pitch climb that will put all your new skills to use.

Things you need to know

COVID-19 measures in Lake Tahoe

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Lake Tahoe, please refer to the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority website.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

Why should I book with 57hours?

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Why should I go rock climbing?

Rock climbing is more than just a sport; it’s problem solving on-the-go. It’s a balance of intuition and fluidity of movement. The fun comes from the possibilities — each route with a variety of options and only a fraction of them leading to success. When you finally master a climb, after hours of practice, it transcends mere sport and is akin to art.

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Half-day to a full day of rock climbing each day (depending on your chosen itinerary)
  • All technical climbing gear

Technical gear list

All technical climbing equipment will be provided by your guiding service. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it. You’ll need:

  • Helmet
  • Harness with a locking carabiner, belay device, and chalk bag
  • Rock shoes (included in the price, but we recommend bringing your own if you have them)
  • Ropes
  • Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

  • Daypack large enough to carry all the items listed (a 20-35L bag)
  • Water bottle or hydration pack
  • The food you can eat on-the-go
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera — optional

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

What if I’ve never climbed before?

Lake Tahoe has plenty of options for beginner climbers. Whether you’ve never climbed before or are transitioning from the gym to outdoor climbing, your guide will customize the day to suit your skill level and objectives. With a guide by your side, you’ll learn something new, stay safe on the rocks, and most importantly, have fun!

For intermediate to advanced climbers, Lake Tahoe has loads of routes to spend the day on. Your guide will discuss your objectives and customize the day to your goals. Let your guide plan the day so you can focus on developing your skills while climbing the classic routes or best-hidden gems the area has to offer.

What does a typical day look like?

Your climbing itinerary will be fully customized to match your skill level and objectives. You and your guide will discuss route selection, skills development, and whatever else you’d like to focus on. From there, your guide will plan the perfect day tailored just for you.

Depending on your objectives, full days may start earlier and end later, but in general, your day will look like this:

  • 8:00 am: Meet your guide at the guide’s recommended location
  • 8:30 am: Gear up and carpool to the crag
  • 9:00 am: Start climbing your objective for the day
  • 12:00 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch (bring snacks and plenty of water)
  • 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Build upon techniques developed in the morning session and explore additional terrain as time allows
  • 4:30 pm: Back to the cars for debriefing and high fives

How fit do I need to be?

If you can climb a ladder, you’re good to go. Being in good shape is always a plus but far from necessary. Rock climbing is all about using good movement technique rather than muscling up a cliff using brute strength. To ensure you have a fun day, your guide will choose routes that best suit your skill and fitness level.

What is the minimum age requirement?

  • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
  • Teens aged 13-17 can go on their own, but a guardian will need to provide a signed waiver before an outing with the guide.
  • Kids aged 5-12 can go climbing, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

What about group sizes and pricing?

Group sizes are between 1-4 people with one guide, but for family sessions, you can go with a larger group of up to 5 people per guide. The max client to guide ratio for multi-pitch days is 2:1.

Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family.

Climbing days can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

What about bad weather?

As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad preparation.” You can expect your guides to be fully prepared for anything. Inclement weather can always get in the way of climbing, but your guide will know the best spots to move to if the weather takes a turn.

On the rare occasion of truly bad weather, your guide will present you with suitable alternatives. The most common practice is to move to a nearby location if it exists, or to reschedule your climbing to a more favorable day.

If climbing is not possible on your scheduled day and no options presented are viable, you will be issued a full refund.

Cancellation policy

With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.

For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area, head up Highway 80 to Sacramento, where you will head up into the hills on 80, 50, or 89, depending on where you’re going. From Reno, head up Highway 80 to go to North Lake destinations, or down Highway 395, and then West on Highway 89 into South Lake Tahoe.

Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet.

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