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The Special Spot is a sunny crag home to a half-dozen routes, almost exclusively 5.9 and 5.10. Most of these climbs need supplemental gear, and some require two ropes for descent. The are some very unique and enjoyable lines here, including The Javelin, the climb which graces the cover of the Kramar guidebook.

Getting There 

From Clem's Holler, hike left along the sometimes primitive trail, continuing past Retardent rock. About 40 minutes from the car, and 15-20 minutes from Clem's Holler.

4 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Special Spot:
Opening Ceremonies   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 100'   
The Javelin   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 70'   
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Starting opening ceremonies.

Opening Ceremonies 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : ... : Special Spot
Opening Ceremonies is the far left line at Special Spot. This is a very enjoyable route. Climb a nice fingertip layback to a ledge, then work up to a distinctive kayak-shaped pod. The pod is not nearly as weird to climb as it looks from its base. From the top of the pod break right and up, eventually reaching a large knob. Make a few moves up a final flake before reaching a critical finger pocket....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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By Chris Duca
From: Havertown, PA
Jul 6, 2008

Be advised: The trail up to the Special Spot is in pretty dire straights. Also, the amount of erosion is making some parts of the cliff base hazardous. Please consider keeping group numbers low.