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Home - Climbing - Luther Spires

The Vitals

Locals Tips

Divided Sky for beers after.

Dogs?

Yes

Links

Luther Spires on Supertopo, Mountain Project, Rockclimbing.com, theCrag.com

The Routes

Beer and Hot Dog, 2 Bucks (5.8)
Cheap Commercial Steak Sauce, Two Fifty  (5.10a)
Dog and Grigri, 2 Bucks (5.9)
Hey Y'all, Watch This (5.7)
Jacko (5.10b)
Just Jerry (5.9)
Jackass (5.11c)
Jane's Spy (5.7)
Just Cause  (5.10a)
See Thru (5.8)
Mixed Emotions (5.10a)
Guide's Route (5.7)
Slab B (5.7)
Unnamed Toprope (5.10a)
Fire Starter (5.10c)
Plane Crash (5.10b)
Just Do It (5.10c)
Virginia (5.10b)
Back Crack (5.9)
Original Route (5.11)
Widowmaker (5.10a)
Undertaker (5.10b)

Luther Spires

Luther Spires probably has some of the best variety of intermediate climbs to be found in the South Lake Tahoe vicinity many of which can be led or top roped. There are a couple of great first leads including Jane's Spy and Slab-B. The area faces west which means despite it's relatively high elevation it is ready to go in mid to late spring most years (although the approach is steep and can be dangerous in snowy/icy conditions). The spires are granite but have loads of features and incut holds making it a great learning area. The climbs are generally 25'-60' with a couple approaching 70' so even a fifty meter rope will usually do the trick. Bring plenty of draws and a small rack (up to 2") for most climbs.
A side note: There are more top rope options than reported in the supertopo guide. There is a small way through a tunneling chimney that will get you to the top of Jane's Spy, Jack Ass, and Jacko and this comes in particularly handy first leads on Jane's Spy since the leader can anchor themselves, and the belayer can move to the top and show the aspiring leader how to pull up rope and prepare to rappel down.

Luther Spires Pictures

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Directions - From Meyers head south on 89. You will see a large pullout just past the Big Meadow trailhead parking area on the left side of the road. The trail heads off perpendicularly and then crosses the Rim Trail. After crossing a creek it gets rather steep. The approach takes about 20-30 minutes.


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