Climbing at Donner Summit

August 1, 2016

Donner Summit Climbing Protected

Touch and Go, Hungover Hangover, Rat’s Tooth, Empty Sky, Rhythm Killer, Pinball Junkie, Inner Recess, Rambo Crack, Space Invaders, and Bourbon Street.

These are the epic climbing routes at Donner Summit.

To protect nesting peregrine falcons, the Access Fund and the Truckee Donner Land Trust closed several popular climbing routes on Black Wall and Road Cut. Now that the baby falcons have left the nest, the routes are all now open. A big thanks to the climbing community for respecting the closure!

The 10-acre property features some of the most dramatic terrain in the Truckee-Tahoe region, with stunning vistas and world-class climbing on finely textured granite. The climbing routes were established more than 50 years ago and range from deep chimneys and low-angle slabs for beginners, to overhanging test pieces for experts, and splitter cracks and sport routes for all skill levels.

The Land Trust and the Access Fund raised over $300,000 toward the acquisition, stewardship, and additional trailhead improvements on the 10-acre property and adjacent Land Trust land late last year, protecting the climbing region in perpetuity.

Climbers_Lake_Susan JohnsonTo learn more or get involved in stewardship efforts, visit

About Access Fund
The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund supports and represents millions of climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering. Six core programs support the mission on national and local levels: climbing policy and advocacy, stewardship and conservation, local support and mobilization, land acquisition and protection, risk management and landowner support, and education. The Access Fund has supported 58 land acquisitions by land trusts, public entities, and local climbing organizations, totaling 16,251 acres across twenty-seven states.