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Midnight Rock  

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Seasonal Raptor Closure Update: Noontime and Midnight Rock now open MORE INFO >>>


This excellent crag is one of the best in the state. Everything from face climbs to finger cracks and plenty of wide cracks as well.

This crag is closed from April 1st through July 31st due to peregrine falcons.

Getting There 

Park at the main Castle Rock parking area, and ascend the steep hill to upper castle rock. Traverse loggers ledge to the east, then ascend a long steep hill for about 45 minutes to reach Midnight Rock.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Midnight Rock:
Easter Overhang   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
The Sting   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 160'   
ROTC   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad   
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ROTC 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : ... : Midnight Rock
This excellent, dead vertical, splitter crack ranges from fingers to thin hands to perfect hands. The climb starts from an enormous ledge halfway up the center part of midnight rock.Soft at the grade....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Sep 3, 2014
What they don't tell you is that unless you are a 5.11+ climber for ROTC or Supercrack, or happy to climb scruffy 5.10+ then this a long steep hike for a few routes. I am usually ok with a rough alpine approach, but this one is really grueling. Also this crag needs a makeover with all the old hardware and uncertain anchors.
It is pretty hard to figure out whats what. If you get to the left end of Dead End ledge you will encounter a flake system running leftward- North Ramp, next right - a good crack above the small roof is the start of Nightingale, next are some right facing flakes leading to bolted face- to traverse right under roof out right side- Yellow bird. next right is down EXPOSED ledge to larger platform where you will see the obvious great looking Easter Overhang. Down trending ledges right you will see the 2 bolt start of Stevens Pass Motel.
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