Lover's Leap, South Lake Tahoe

I frequent the South Lake Tahoe area for climbing, hiking, and general recreation. Located just a few hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, it's an ideal weekend getaway with a lot to offer.

Lover's Leap is on Hwy 50 about 45 minutes west of Lake Tahoe. It is a fantastic granite monolith with lots of easy to challenging trad routes. It is well documented in both SuperTopo and Falcon guidebooks for the area.

This past weekend my brother Tyler, friend Alec, and I climbed 5.6, 3-pitch Pop Bottle. The first pitch has some interesting moves including a committing bulge with an offwidth crack on the left. Protection is great for smaller tricams and nuts. Pitch 2 starts to get much lower angle/slabby with hand cracks and smearing for feet. Pitch 3 is a cruiser at such a low angle, you barely need handholds. Almost all climbs on the Main Wall have walk-off access down the east side of the crag.

If you're ever in the San Francisco or Sacramento area, Lover's Leap is a must do! From 5.5 low angle trad to 5.12 sport, the Leap has something for every climber.

*We did see a baby rattlesnake on the approach trail. You have to be aware during summer months that you don't step on them or place a cam in their face in deep cracks.

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