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The Blues Cliff

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Accidental Discharge S 
Black Cat Bone S 
Blue in the Face S 
Color of Pain, The S 
Cry Baby S 
Number 9 T 
Rhythm and Bolts S 
Starfish T,S 
Twelve Gauge IQ T 
Unicorn Blues S 
Written in Stone S 

The Blues Cliff Rock Climbing 

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Unicorn draws first blood. (Unicorn Blues, 12a)


This cliff is the host of several great routes, containing anything from slabs to corners to roofs. Almost all of the climbs are bolted, even some cracks (yikes, when did this become acceptable at index???)

Getting There 

Take the trail from the country up some steep switchbacks past the boards on the trail, and a giant boulder. Take a left at an obvious fork(upper wall trail goes right), then two more lefts at subsequent forks.

Climbing Season

For the Middle Town Walls area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Blues Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Blues Cliff:
Starfish   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Number 9   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Black Cat Bone   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Twelve Gauge IQ   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For The Blues Cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: 12-Gauge IQ follows the red line. Black Cat Bone i...

Twelve Gauge IQ 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  WA : Index : ... : The Blues Cliff
Starts with a prominent right-tending flake and knobs. A steep beginning is followed by lower angled climbing into a corner. Climb the discontinuous bolted finger crack in the corner up to the large, blocky roof. Turn the roof via a boulder problem and continue up on steep jugs to the anchor. The route gets a .12b/c in books but is less difficult than others of the grade at Index simply because it's more straightforward. The corner and possibly the whole climb could potentially be led with gear...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Wedgie, 5.12. On the far right side.
Wedgie, 5.12. On the far right side.

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By Drewsky
Dec 30, 2008
There are a couple climbs in this area that have sections of sport-bolted cracks (Twelve Gauge IQ has a bit as well). Luckily this seems to be the exception rather than the rule, even at the predominantly bolted Blues Cliff.

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