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- Shakespeare Rock Area
good rock in places. Beautiful colors.
||Not much selection of difficulty levels.
Sams place for beers and pizza after.
Shakespeare Rock on Mountain
--Heavy Metal Wall (inside the
OB's 5.10 (5.10c)
View to a Thrill (5.10b)
Rat Reach (5.11)
Poison Arch (5.11 X)
Bad Brains (5.11 R)
--Outside of Roofless Cave
Deaf Leopard (5.11a R)
The Mid-Evil (5.11c)
Uranium Roof (5.10d)
Unknown (5.8 35' to first bolt)
*A family or group of owls have been roosting inside the roofless cave
specificaly on these two routes. Please respect them (6/17/2013).
Shakespeare Rock and Fin
I lived in Tahoe for 20 years
before visiting Shakespeare Rock, and I can't believe it. I started
climbing last year and a GF said she thought it, and the fin, would
both be to chossy for climbing. After she broke up with me, proving her
wrong was one of the main reason for my visits and subsequent
returns and even development of the fin. The rock, while much of it is
decomposed and chossy, is all beautiful. The bolted routes hold mostly
granite (once above the arch in the roofless cave it is loose and often
dangerous), although with often thin and crimpy holds. The roofless
and the wall outside feature smooth hard granite with solid holds or
none at all. The northeast wall feautres very sharp rock with at least
easier climb, though you will likely weant to protect the first several
moves on the easiest. The fin offers toproping options only at this
time. Except for the northeast wall, all of the climbs offer views of
Tahoe and excellent photo opportunities.
Shakespeare Rock Pictures
- Shakespeare Rock is the prominent lichen covered rock that
is obvious on the left as you approach Lake Tahoe coming down Spooner
Summit. Coming from South Lake Tahoe take Hwy 50 until you pass the
Glenbrook turnoff. Pass the new (2012) stepped embankment on your right
and turn at the dirt road just past it. Park (don't block private road)
outside the gate. You will find the trail heading uphill at the gate.
When you reach the main trail (5 minutes) take a right for the roofless
cave. Head left along the side of the wall for the NE wall, or take the
main trail to the left to head up to the fin. Exit the trail to the
left where the trail turns back towards Shakespeare rock on the ridge
(about 13 minutes from car).