Top three reasons to go rock climbing in Lake Tahoe
The granite here feels like it was built to be climbed
The Lake Tahoe Basin holds a lifetime of climbing
The draw for most is Lover’s Leap — a 250-600ft stretch of granite
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. Find out more about one of the best climbing spots in Sierra Nevada from Cody Bradford, an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and 57hours Ambassador.
Spring through fall
South Lake Tahoe is minutes away
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
A Customized Day of Climbing With a Private Guide
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
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
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
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.
Meet your guide
Wow! Can’t say enough wonderful things about our experience. It was my children’s first time doing outdoor rock climbing and they are hooked. Our guide was incredibly patient and treated the kids so well. Next time we are back in Tahoe we can’t wait to do this adventure again.
We had such a great time. We love getting outdoors and having a bit of adventure, and this was right on the money. It’s like rock climbing/mountain climbing, but you don’t have to worry too much about gear or technique because it is all done for you. You clip in to the cable and you are safe for the whole time. You get amazing views of the valley and get to cover some pretty hairy terrain with no worries.
Our guide was Scott and he was great. Very professional and thorough, but also very patient and friendly…chatted us up the whole time. I would recommend this activity to anyone who is OK with heights, as there are definitely some maneuvers that might give the squeamish pause. We will definitely do this again!
Wow! Our favorite part of this mountain climbing adventure was doing something seemingly so dangerous and yet feeling very safe and ABLE. Our guide was clear, patient and encouraging. We walked away with a sense of accomplishment and feeling of possibilities.
Things to know
Covid 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!
What you get in this adventure package:
- An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Half day to full day of rock climbing each day (depending on your chosen itinerary)
- All technical climbing gear
What’s not included:
- Snacks and meals
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 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 about required equipment?
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:
- 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)
- Climbing hardware (quickdraws, cam devices, stoppers, etc.)
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- Toiletries (sunscreen, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- 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.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- 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 will 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.
Min. age requirements:
- 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.
If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
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, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. From there, you’ll head to your course. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on the conditions and the climbing ability of the group.