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Small rock climbing area adjacent to Lake Cushman, WA.
There are a handful of routes located on mossy, metamorphic rock. Lake Cushman is a large, man-made reservoir located on the road to Staircase, the Southeastern-most entrance to the Olympic National Park.

Getting There 

From I-5, take the Port Angeles Exit onto Highway 101. Head North on 101 for nearly 35 miles. Take a left on WA-119 and drive up the road past the Lake Cushman State Park, past the Big Creek Campground. 4 miles past the stop sign is a pull-out on the right (lake) side of the road. Look for the obvious rocks.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.4 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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By CoryOlson
Sep 15, 2009
I have seen a few on the road to Staircase near the Mt. Rose Trailhead, but most are boy scout routes. Though there is a few bolted routes on a wall on the lakefront about 4 miles down the dirt road to Staircase. Can be accessed by boat or car. Wintertime would be best when the lake is drained. I have not climbed these myself, but plan on it in the near future.
In the summer its fun to do a little deepwater soloing on the Party Rock on the way to staircase. Just look for lots of junker cars and cheap beer along the road.
By BenCooper
From: Wyoming
Feb 13, 2008
There are several routes here, but none are that good. If you live near here, it's worth a visit, but don't go too far out of your way. Also, beware the poison oak. It grows all over the hillsides in the lowland Olympics.