Elevation: 6,738 ft
GPS: 38.804, -120.01 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brian Quiter on Oct 8, 2002 with updates from Trevor Vichas
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Located on the southern side of Lake Tahoe, Luther Rock sits high above HWY 89.  The rock is severely weathered featured granite and makes for fun climbing.  Luther Rock is west facing and sits in the sun most of day.  Making a great place for spring or fall climbing. The approach takes about 30 to 50 minutes get to the Detox wall.

The old Mike Carville Falcon guide has the most complete info on the routes for both the Distillery Wall and
Distillery Wall  but is not completely up to date, but the book is useful to have.   I would recommend getting a copy.  You can make your way in Strawberry Station located on HWY 50 across from Lover's leap or Sports Ltd. located near stateline about more update info or to take a look at the old guide book.  

Getting There

From HWY 50 east bound towards Lake Tahoe. Before you reach South Lake Tahoe, take a right on Highway 89 (to Kirkwood).

From Lake Tahoe, take HWY 50 heading west and go left on HWY 89 (to Kirkwood).

The pull-out for Luther Rock (the Distillery and Detox wall) is on the west side of the road approx 3.4 miles  from point you turn on HWY 89 from HWY 50 or .9 miles from portal road(located on HWY 89).  The trail is on of the east side of the road. There are visible cairns from the pull-out where you should park. The pull out has space for  about 3 cars.

The location coordinates and map location are for the parking area!  -   38.804509, -120.009986

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Aron Quiter
Oakland, CA
Aron Quiter   Oakland, CA  
Rented a house in Christmas Valley last winter and got to spend some time wandering around, but not doing much climbing.

There's a boulder on Blitzen, which is the road that is one block west of highway 89 about 1/4 mile south of 50, which (I think) is called The Blitzen Boulder. I was told of 100+ problems, but I only think there are about 15 on a 12' boulder. Maybe the boulder, which is located in between 3 houses between colusa and shakori (and probably on private property), isn't the blitzen Boulder.

I'd ask one of the neighbors before climbing to respect their privacy, and probably one of the two that doesn't have the huge growling rottweiler fenced up in their yard.

There's also additional bolted and TRAD climbing in the cliffs directly east of 89 if you head straight up hill from 89 and Elf ave. It's a 15 minute steep walk to the first bolts, and there are many other cliffs up above the first band. Oct 11, 2007
Christine Page
San Francisco
Christine Page   San Francisco
Here are the actual gps coordinates for the pull-out for Luther Rock: 38.804400, -120.009850 Sep 7, 2011
The Sports LTD no longer exists at the south y center. there still is one at the crescent V Shopping center downtown. it's not as climbing centric but you can still get good info there. May 4, 2013
Keyan P
Seattle, WA
Keyan P   Seattle, WA
Getting here is very difficult due to trail finding. Logging and burning have made the initial trail extremely tricky to find. It took my partner and I over 2.5hrs to get to the crag, although about 1.5hrs of that was looking for the trail.

Beta that might help as of 7/22/2017:

1. use the parking coordinates Christine posted above (38.804400, -120.009850)
2. walk to the other side of the street and look for a cairn less than 20ft from the road
3. the next cairn is southeast on/near a medium sized boulder and head straight east from there
4. from there the trail is mostly ruined by logging, continue east and look for cairns staying in the logged area where there isn't thick brush
5. there is <=10mins of walking before the trail becomes more obvious and switchbacks up a hill/slabs
6. continue following cairns until you are level with the cliff you want to climb, then go right

We reinforced the cairns along various sections of the trail. If you head up there please add a rock or two to some of the cairns as you walk by. Jul 24, 2017