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A rock climbing group has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging a U.S. Forest Service management plan that bans climbing on Cave Rock, a landmark on Lake Tahoe´s east shore.

The Access Fund says the lawsuit targets the Forest Service management plan and not the Washoe tribe, which has opposed climbing on Cave Rock because of its spiritual significance to the tribe.

The Forest Service has agreed to postpone until May implementation of its Cave Rock management plan, which means it´s okay to climb there for the time being.

The management plan would allow such activity as hiking and picnicking to continue at Cave Rock. But it would ban climbing and require removal of climbing hardware on the volcanic core located on U.S. 50 between Glenbrook and Zephyr Cove.

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