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General Information: 90 Foot Wall is a misnomer, since the cliff is actually about 70 feet tall. It does have solid, compact rock, steep to overhanging routes, and a variety of difficulty all in a 200 foot section of wall. This, combined with the easy approach and south facing exposure that allows early spring and late fall climbing combine to make this an enjoyable place to climb. While it is possible to lead here, most climbers top rope. Anchors are available on the top of the cliff which is accessible via a gully to the left of the cliff.

Where To Start: 90 Foot Wall is located in the Eagle Creek Canyon that drains into Emerald Bay on Tahoe's southwest shore. From the "Y" in South Shore, follow Highway 89 to Emerald Bay. To reach the crag, park at the Eagle Falls parking area (fee) or up on Highway 89 (free) and follow the trail toward Eagle Falls. Just before the bridge that spans Eagle Creek, a faint trail heads right and up over a rock outcrop. Follow this for about 1/4 mile to the base of the cliff.

Climbing Description: In general, the difficulty of the climbing increases as you move right on the wall. This is mostly due to the steepness and length increasing to the right. The climbing is on dark, solid metamorphic rock with lots of angular blocks and holds. There is both crack and face climbing available. Most people top rope here, using the bolt anchors provided along the top of the cliff. It is advisable to bring lots of webbing to back up the existing anchors.

90 Foot Wall is a terrific place to take novice climbers and there are often many first time climbers trying out the sport. Despite this, this is a popular area with locals and visitors alike so it can get pretty crowded on summer weekends. If you are coming on a weekend, get there early and be prepared to share the crag with many others.

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