The right side of a small waterfall that is the prominent feature of the Upper Gorge. The waterfall proper forms a fin with two distinct climbs, this climb goes up the depression on the right side. This is a good introductory climb as it is easily top ropeable, provides a number of stances along the way to rest. Depending on the amount of snow and ice fall there can be a considerable pile at the base of the climb that makes belaying fun. This route usually is snagged by groups that run laps so get there early or take a number.
Upper gorge, almost to the amphitheater. Identified from above by a small stream that runs out over the edge of the gorge. From the river bed, it is a prominent fin that juts out before the amphitheater.
Top rope, screws if you really want to lead. Bring long runners or a cordalette or two to setup the top rope. Trees are abundant and reasonably close to the top of the climb.
Mike Addario starting up Salmon Steak
Salmon Steak with rappel rope in place
First Ice climb (2005)
Salmon Steak in sunny conditions, 2013.