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Puzzle Palace is currently home to 3 fully bolted routes of good quality. There is some potential here for new development. The crag faces west, high in Tumwater canyon and provides interesting climbing on highly textured, sharp rock. This crag seems lightly traveled-- you won't find yourself connecting strings of chalked holds here. As a consequence, there is some small loose stuff around most of the routes. It is not a bad idea to wear a helmet while climbing and belaying at this crag.
To get to Puzzle Palace, head right on the trail from Clem's Holler towards the Nut House. When you get to the large gully before the Nut House head up, staying to the left of a rocky rib. It is a fair climb up to the base of the crag, perhaps 10-15 minutes from the Nut House.
5 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Puzzle Palace
Perplexus 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b WA
: Central-East Cascades, Wena...
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The best route on the wall, Perplexus tackles a steep line 10-15 feet right of Cryptogram. A bouldery and somewhat sequential start lead to a decent stance. From there, the angle and difficulty of the climb ease slightly, but eighty feet of highly consistent, solid 5.10 climbing remain. A great route on awesome stone. ...[more] Browse More Classics in WA
Latest Regional Forum Messages
From: Seattle, WA
Sep 3, 2012
These routes were great! The approach for this crag seemed like a real sandbag in the guidebook. My partner and I clocked it at just over 1.3 miles from the trailhead and the scramble up the gully from The Nuthouse is brutal. It took us just under an hour to descend back to the car. On the bright side, we had the crag all to ourselves on Labor Day Weekend.
|By Jason Albino|
From: San Francisco, CA
Apr 20, 2013
There's a good 5 bolted lines here, actually, as of June 2012. I agree in terms of the sandbagged approach, though it took us more like 20-25 arduous minutes from Clem's Holler. It's a steep hike, but the main challenge is how consistently loose the "trail" is. It's fine if you take your time, but please take care not to slip! Don't miss Perplexus once you get there - outstanding!
May 14, 2013
Brutal approach but it meant we had the whole spot to ourselves this past weekend. Perfect for a group of folks getting comfortable on lead and really, watch the loose dirt. If you're being belayed off the route the most hazardous part of the entire day might be scrambling back up to your partner. Nice and shady and pretty protected from the light drizzle that started up. All in all, well worth the haul. It's solid, fun stuff.
|By Phil Chi|
From: Sisters, OR
Jun 2, 2013
At least 5 bolted lines now. Not sure what the one on the far right of the crag is. Harder than the others but dirty and needs more traffic to clean up. Hard hike but worth it, extra sandbag points when you bring a full rack, 4 liters of water, and forget that you have 3 guidebooks in your pack.