Luther Rock Climbing
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DescriptionLocated on the southern side of Lake Tahoe, Christmas Valley features tons of climbing, most of which has never been done before because the approach to most of the climbing is steep and fairly long.
The rock is severely weathered granite, but established routes tend to be on sturdy rock.
Detox Wall has been the sight of some recent first ascents, and even Carville's guide to the area isn't quite up to date (nor does he have the name right... look for Christmas Tree Valley in his book). Check out Sports Ltd. (1032 Emerald Bay rd. In the South Y Center South Lake Tahoe) to ask the climbing dudes about most up-to-date info.
Distillery Wall features 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 definitely worth doing if you've made the hike up here.
Getting ThereFrom the Bay Area, take 80 East to Business 80 in Sacramento, then hop on 50 east. Follow this over Echo Pass, then take a right on highway 89 (to Kirkwood).From Lake Tahoe, take 50 west and go left on 89 about 3 miles past the town of Meyers.
Once on 89, you've entered Christmas Valley. Parking for Hidetaka's Hideout is .9 miles up the road, and Luther Rock is a few miles further.
The pull-out for Luther Rock (the Distillery and Detox wall) is on the right side of the road .89 miles past Portal Rd.Luther Rock is visible from the pull-out where you should park. Its a long way above the road facing Echo Pass. This is a small pull-out just past a much larger one with room for many cars to park. This one has space for ~3 cars.
The location coordinates and map location are for the parking area!
Classic Climbing Routes at Luther Rock
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