Warm winter climbing. No crowds.
||Hot in the summer. It's a frickin' desert.
Bring plenty of water
Prison Hill info on Supertopo, Mountain
Eight Ball (5.10c)
Pocket Pool (5.11)
and Pepper Tower
Snot Variation (5.9)
Biners of Doom (5.11b)
Spaces First (5.9+)
Dihedral Man (5.7)
Bongo Pockets (5.10b)
The area is all 5.3-5.8
Hole Tuna (5.10b)
Gale Force (5.11a)
This is probably the Carson
Valley's largest climbing area though the routes are all
rather short. It gets excellent sun during the winter and despite being
considerably higher than Dinosaur Rock is a warmer option for winter
climbing. There are a number of sport routes as well as some trad
climbing, and a few top rope options as well. The climbs are generally
from 25' to 50' and range in difficulty from 5.3 to 5.11b, with not
many in the 5.7-5.9 range. Since it doesn't see a lot of climbing you
are likely to encounter loose rock. Be sure to belay from a safe spot.
Prison Hill Pictures
- From South Lake Tahoe east on Hwy 50 all the way to the
junction with 395 in Carson city. turn left and stay on 395 for only
about a 1/2 mile. Turn right onto Clearview and follow to the end. Turn
left into dirt parking area. The climbs should be obvious (they should
be obvious from the jucntion of 50 and 395).