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Spokane Area  


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Description 

Spokane climbing... Hardly world class- but hard to beat. What other metro area has nine climbing areas within a twenty minute drive? Here is a list of the crags with distance from town and whatever else I think is pertinent.

Minnehaha: Decent trad and poorly protected sport climbs, on granite, right in town / 70+ routes, 100+ boulder / most are within 50 yards of parking lot / kid friendly / Popular toprope area.If you climb here long enough you may see someone LEAD A ROUTE!!. Props to the hardmen that put them up- some really bold 11's and 12's were put up back in the day!

Dishman: Mostly 5.11 and 5.12 sport climbing on slightly overhanging granite right in town / 24 routes / 2 minute approach/ The terrain is kid friendly, but watch out for bums and mosquitos. / Enjoy the tonal quality of Dishman Dodge's PA system!!

Mirabeau: Small sport area with some excellent 5.7 to 5.11 climbing right next to the Valley YMCA (join the Y, put the crumb-snatchers in free daycare and go climbing, you're pretty much close enough to get away with it for years- or so I hear). The crag is really kid-friendly too. Well bolted for safe leads, most are also top-ropeable.

Cliff Drive : Very short but pumpy, well-bolted routes, on basalt, right in the heart of town. / 18 routes / 1 minute approach. It's like a free climbing gym- only with bums!!

Liberty Park: 4 or 5 steep boulder problems in a basalt cave in the 'hood / 1 minute approach / Great for kids, especially if your kids want to check out the benefits of gang membership!
-(actually it's a nice park, just not the best part of town.)

Rocks of Sharon: 60 + routes and some pretty good scenery on Tower Mountain./ 5 miles from the south end of town / 15 or 20 minute approach (good for kids if they are old enough to handle a steep 15 minute approach hike).

Deep Creek: 60+ great sport routes on steep basalt 4 miles from the Nortwest edge of town/ 5-15 minute approach / kid friendly / You can climb main wall on a rainy day. No toprope routes, but safely bolted for leading. Thanks past quide-book authors- for saving us from certain death or dismemberment from climbing at this dangerous area! Thanks local shops- for still trying to sell these outdated guidebooks! ....yes, there is a reason they are always on sale for two bucks.

McLellan: 80+ trad, sport, and boulder problems on granite with lots of new route development / 16 mi. from the Northwest edge of town. Safer parking now that meth isn't as cool as it used to be!

Tumtum: 23 mi. Northwest / 25+ routes- / 5-20 min. approach/ mostly trad and some bouldering and runout sport, 5.0 to 5.12. Hard to find your way around and some scrambly approaches; fun with rattlesnakes for the young-uns, though!

Post Falls (Q'Emiln Park): 80+ sport routes and a few trad climbs on granite /17 miles from the East end of town / Very kid-friendly/ best 5.10 and below sport climbing. Death Fall Wall has rainy day climbs. Beware the Pernicious Grade Creep! With grades as soft as a baby's bum, you're sure to climb harder in no time!

Buy Inland Northwest Rock Climbs by Marty Bland at Mountain Gear or Mountain Goat to check out good hard sport climbing just a little further north in Marcus, Metaline Falls, and China Bend. The climbing at Lake Koocanusa (Stone Hill) is also worth checking out. Vantage (Frenchman Coulee) is only a couple hour drive on I-90 and offers something like seven hundred routes.

Getting There 

Go to individual pages for directions to the crags

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.0 miles from here

237 Total Routes

['4 Stars',24],['3 Stars',95],['2 Stars',81],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',7],['5.7',12],['5.8',22],['5.9',18],['5.10',52],['5.11',57],['5.12',35],['5.13',13],['>=5.14',2],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',6],['V8-9',3],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Spokane Area:
Tarantula Traverse   V2-3 5+     Boulder   Minnehaha
Battlestar Galactica   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 25'   Tum Tum : Bouldering
Main Crack   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Minnehaha
Delayed Adolescence   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   McLellan Rocks : The Hood
The Dihedral   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Minnehaha
Chicken Spread   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Dishman
Stone Dead Rattler   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 50'   McLellan Rocks : Morning Wall
A Perfect Storm   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Big Rock : West Face
Character Assassination   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 40'   McLellan Rocks : White Wall
Don Quixote   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Minnehaha
The Prow   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 30'   Minnehaha
The Roach   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
Pit Lizard   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   Deep Creek : The Pit
The Hooker   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Minnehaha
(7) Flogging a Dead Horse   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Deep Creek : The Pit
(6) Naked Man   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
(7) Belly Rubber   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
Being Inferior   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
(9) Dump Truck   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
Bitten   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
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Featured Route For Spokane Area
Not enough endurance...whip! From the lip.

Bitten 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : ... : The Main Wall
I haven't climbed the whole thing, so I'm poaching Mike Phillips' description: Classic endurance line up basalt jugs to the 'Piano Keys' and the epic boulder finish out the roof where every hold has a name: the mono, the mailslot, the funnel, the roof jug...This is also a great route for the 5.11 climber up to the 8th bolt. Juggy and fun with some decent rests in a cool dihedral. Draws are hung on it so you can bail below the crux without leaving gear....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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