Where to Rock Climb and Zip Line at Lake Tahoe

With the cool summer air continuing to keep us out and about this month, we thought we would share some of our favorite spots to rock climb and zip line at Lake Tahoe.

From the famous “family-friendly” Via Ferrata at Palisades Tahoe to craggy granite cliffs that beckon the advanced, we are sure you will find the following adventure companies ready to get you on your way … up!

Climb Above the Slopes at Palisades Tahoe

Explore Palisades Tahoe’s most iconic rock face, The Tram Face, accessed by the Via Ferrata routes operated by local guide service Alpenglow Expeditions. Along the way, you will be connected to cables and steel anchors to help you and your family enjoy a spectacular climb up and back.

Learn to navigate the rock face on the protected climbing route,

What is Via Ferrata?

Via Ferrata, which means “Iron Road” in Italian, is a protected hiking and climbing experience that involves scaling the iconic rock face that towers above The Village at Palisades Tahoe. Using permanent steel anchors and cables, participants are safely attached to the rock throughout the entire experience and guided by professional mountain guides.

For complete details and to book your space, visit TahoeVia.com.

Go Climb A Rock

If you have had this sport on your bucket list, read on! Our friends at Alpenglow Expeditions have been introducing locals and visitors alike to the sport of rock climbing for many years. Before we show you some options, we thought you might want to know more about this company that is known throughout the world and have a ‘base camp’ operation right here in our backyard.

They offer adventures from Lake Tahoe to the Himalayas and around the globe.  From on the ground with their ski mountaineering tours to climbing high above the land, Alpenglow offers programs for all levels of experience.

Here are some options for you to explore.

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Half-day Family Rock Climbing

Private Half-Day Rock Climbing

Private Full-Day Rock Climbing

For the more advanced who have experience with the sport, here are few additional programs.

Intro to Multi-pitch Climbing

Self-Rescue for Rock Climbers

Lovers Leap Rock Climbing

Zip Lines in Lake Tahoe

Fortunately for those who live and visit Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, there are several spots to zip away your day at one or more of Tahoe Treetop Adventure Parks.

At Granlibakken Resort, 97 tree platforms strategically built in and around the region’s old-growth cedars are located. Within this park, 60 bridges and other classic adventure park obstacles keep you on or off your toes!

Built into the hillside facing Shirley Canyon, the Park at Tahoe Palisades is open to individuals, families, and groups who seek to test their confidence at various levels. It includes an assortment of vertical ‘climbing elements’, including six zip lines and 10 bridges for the novice to the most advanced. At this location, there is also a 50’ Alpine Tower with a variety of vertical climbing elements.

Their Tahoe Vista location is a little more welcoming for the shy. Within the 125-acre North Tahoe Regional Park, they use a continuous ‘belay’ safety system. We have found this to be the best choice for the little ones and those who are skeptical of flying through the air with the greatest ease!