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Elephant Graveyard

Elephant Graveyard is a group of walls located near Elephant Back along the PCT near Carson Pass. The walls range in general from 60' to 170'. Some are 20 minutes from the parking area and some approaches are over an hour. The granite is outstanding and the scenery is hard to beat. The climbs are almost all 5.10 and up with a handful of 5.9s. The approach from South Lake Tahoe (drive time to the Forest service road, then rough road, then hike) keeps most people away and the area could handle a fair amount of people anyway. The area receives a LOT of snow so climbing may not become available until mid July some years. Other years it is ready in early to mid June, although the approach can be wet and there can be snow at the base of some climbs, which may also be wet. There may be a guide available from Will Cottrell by emailing whcmd@tahoebone.com.

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Directions - From Meyers head south on 89 turn right at Pickett's junction (88) like you're going to Kirkwood. Turn left at Red Lake and follow Forestdale Divide Road (high clearance vehicle a big plus). Park at the patch (summer skiing area) and find the trail which leaves from the last group of trees before things get alpine and the road heads around a bend to the left. Follow the trail until it meets the PCT, then take a left for most of the climbing (a right for the Boneyard). There will be a climbers trail leaving the PCT after a couple hundred yards which will take you to most areas.

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