Knapsack Crack, Lover's Leap, Hogsback 5.5


Lake Tahoe, California, USA

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The GPS coordinates for this route are shown below. See the GPS Marker Legend at right for details on each marker. Click on the Marker to see the actual GPS coordinates.

Pick up the Old Pony Express Trail 50 feet east of the campground bathrooms. When even with a notch in Hogsback’s east should (and just after the Pony Express Trail turns right), turn left onto a climbers’ trail that follows a subtle drainage path. Follow the switchbacks up for 100 yards through brush to the east shoulder of Hogsback. The trail then drops down and loops around to the southwest. Follow the trail for another few hundred yards to the base of the North Face.

From the top of Hogsback, walk down the east shoulder and join the approach trail. Walk back to the base. Most climbers carry comfortable descent shoes on the climb.

Lover's Leap, Hogsback - Knapsack Crack 5.5 - Lake Tahoe, California, USA. Click to Enlarge
the route as seen from Highway 50.
Photo: Chris McNamara