Bowman Valley Cragging

  • 10/12/2019
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Bowman Valley
  • 1


Let's get together for fun top rope rock climbing and sport climbing at one of Tahoe's best crags! Prior climbing experience helpful but not required. Loaner gear may be available. We have room for up to 6. Hope to have you out with us!


  • What's happening: Top rope rock climbing and sport climbing at Bowman Valley. This is a series of secluded crags beneath the Bowman Lake Dam where a number of easy to difficult sport climbs have been developed in recent years. The rock is heavily textured granite, with excellent friction, and ranges from slab to overhanging roofs with permadraws. There is excellent swimming in the lake by climbing above Larry Land onto the dam and crossing over the spillway.
  • Where to meet: Take Bowman Lake Road off of Highway 20, usually approached via Interstate 80. Once you turn off of Interstate 80 and head down highway 20 (toward Nevada city) you go 3.5 miles and you will turn right onto Bowman Lake road. Continue on Bowman Lake road for 13 1/2 miles and you will come to a bridge below Bowman Lake dam. This bridge will be the landmark for the areas in Bowman Valley. The road starts out paved but the last 5 miles are gravel and a little rough in spots, high clearance vehicle recommended.
  • Event leader: Nicole Roemer
  • Minimum / Maximum: 3/6
  • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, approach shoes, belay device, locking carabiners, jacket, warm clothes, lunch, water
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration. 


  • In order to register you must be a Base or Apex member.
  • Event leaders are experienced volunteers, but may not be certified guides.
  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event.
  • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.
  • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.
  • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

For more information or questions about this climbing event, please contact the listed event leaders, or, or (916) 692-0005.

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