The 35 Best Climbing Spots in America

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The West: Lake Tahoe
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The West: Lake Tahoe

It’s impossible to visit Tahoe and not be overwhelmed by the volume of granite and basalt climbing and bouldering. There are endless opportunities for single and multi-pitch top-rope, trad, and sport climbing here, but it’s also one of the best summertime bouldering spots in the United States. Across the border in Nevada, the Reno area is packed with good climbs as well. “There are so many great, small crags around Tahoe, and a ton of climbing tradition and history,” says Potter. “You can find adventure climbing up in the hills, multi-pitch at Lover’s Leap, and I’ve heard there’s great bouldering too. Not much to limit you here; you could explore Tahoe for a year and still discover more routes.”

Closest Town: South Lake Tahoe, California
Grade Range: 5.6 – 5.14 , V0 – V14
Notable Routes: 1,893
Classics: Corrugation Corner (5.7), The Perfect Lie Back (5.8), Fear of Flying (5.9+), Candyland (5.10c), Peter Principle (5.11a), Panic in Detroit (5.12b/c)
When to Visit: May-October

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