HWY 50 REVIVAL: LOVER’S LEAP PRIORITIES  

The Lover’s Leap improvement project will:  

  • Close & restore redundant access paths
  • Provide stabilization improvements to access & descent routes
  • Harden climbing staging areas
  • Assist with vital maintenance of the Slippery Ford Trail
  • Construct multiple stone retaining walls and stair structures, reroute unsustainable sections of several current approach routes and install numerous erosion control structure
  • Provide appropriate directional and educational signage

RESTORE LOVER'S LEAP

Lover’s Leap, a world-renowned rock climbing destination located between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe, California, needs the climbing community’s love. 

Over the last 20 years climbing at the Leap has experienced dramatic growth in popularity, leading to a degraded environment and threatened future. The combination of newly created & random social paths, unmaintained historic trails, unstable staging areas and loose soils are all leading the area to increased erosion and further instability and worse yet difficulty in navigation. 

This is not only frustrating to climber’s who are unfamiliar with Lover’s Leap, but can inhibit the capabilities of local emergency response teams and increases safety concerns. 

If left unmitigated any further, user impacts will continue to degrade the natural environment and climber experience.  

CRAGS, Access Fund and the U.S. Forest Service are teaming up to address these concerns at Lover’s Leap with a multi-year stewardship initiative called HWY 50 Revival: Lover’s Leap.

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Pony Express Trail

Exposed trail textile on Pony Express 

Current Conditions at Lover's Leap are unsustainable and threaten to degrade this climbing area.  

Erosion

Loose soil and belay pad at base of Surrealistic Pillar

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