The Distillery wall feautures long vertical single pitch climbs on weathered granite. Most of the routes are sport in the 5.11 range though a handful of trad routes exist as well. A twenty bolt ~120' climb named Yards of Ale is definately worth doing if you've made the hike up here.
From the parking area on 89, pick up the trail on the opposite side of the road that leads slightly left, and up. After a little ways, the trail will begin switch-backing. Later it will come upon a long steep talus field. Climb most of it, the Luther Rock will be up and just to the right, the left half Distillery Wall is directly facing the talus field. When you're about as high as the rock, a faint trail will leave the right side of the talus field. Follow this and it will lead you directly to the base of the rock.The bolted route just left of the right-facing ramp is Five Nine.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Distillery Wall:
Five Nine 5.9+ Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Moonshine 5.10c Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Bar Fly 5.11b Sport, 1 pitch, 100 feet
Seven and Seven 5.11c/d Sport, 1 pitch, 110 feet
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Bar Fly 5.11b CA : Tahoe Vicinity : ... : Distillery Wall
Bar Fly is located around the arete, left of the ramp on which 'Five Nine' ascends near the center of the Distillery Wall. Bar Fly's first bolt is within reach off the deck because the first move is one of the toughest: moving onto the slab with miniscule holds. After the second bolt, Bar Fly continues up about 60 feet of vertical climbing with nothing but fun moves. After the vertical section, the climbing eases for the final two bolts....[more] Browse More Classics in CA