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 Thanks local shops- for still trying to sell these outdated guidebooks!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.
Go to individual pages for directions to the crags
236 Total Routes
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