Luther Spires Rock Climbing
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Caldor Fire closures:
(1) El Dorado National Forest closed to all users until at least September 30, 2021.
(2) Desolation Wilderness closed through October 20, 2021. Map: fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO…
(3) Lake Tahoe Basin National Forest land in South Lake Tahoe is also closed through December 31, 2021. Map: fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO…
This area is in the Eldorado National Forest, so back country camping without a permit, and drilling bolts for climbing protection both seem to be free and legal here.
Upon entering Christmas Valley on Highway 89 from 50, drive a few miles until the road begins to curve as it approaches Luther Pass. There will be a sign to the Big Meadow Trailhead and from there, the turnout is about .45 miles on the left side of the road. - thanks Brian
New Approach Trail - Completed 6/6/2021
- - Approach map link - - (hey admin, only change here is the link itself)
From the parking area, approach trail veers Right, joining the Tahoe Rim Trail, then crosses a nicely built foot bridge (est 2019) which you can see from the trail split.
Head over the bridge and in a minute or two depart the TRT taking a Left onto a trail marked by a cairn. - thanks Simon
Once nearing the top, the trail will pass over a short section of slab and reappear (marked by cairns).
After a few switchbacks you'll arrive at the base of the crag viewing Jane Spy 5.7
Old trail used a fallen log to cross the creek and went directly uphill on steepish slab near the end of the trail.
Old trail is closed off really nicely. The new (and much better) trail is quite obvious and intuitive unless you’ve made a strong habit of taking the log bridge and steep uphill slab.
Elevation gain is about 500-550 feet from parking area to base of the crag (Jane Spy 5.7)
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