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The Shield  


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 48.81244, -118.75445 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: applewood on Jun 24, 2013
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Description 

This is a fine (if small) backcountry crag (not actually in the Kettle Valley), located on Forest Service land on Kelly Mountain south of the Kettle Valley. At 4000' elevation it has a slightly alpine feel, remote yet just a 15 minute approach. The rock is excellent slabby granite (the best quality in the whole Okanogan Region), giving a small taste of Yosemite... The grading is all probably a bit hard seeming if you're not comfortable on slabs.

Getting There 

From the Kettle Valley turn up Tonata Creek Rd (FS Rd # 2148). Go 3.7 miles and turn left onto Goodrich Rd (#2149). Continue 4.4 miles and park at the first switch-back. The east facing cliff is visible south along the valley. Head west 100 yards along the north end of the pond ("Goodrich Lake") to reach a dirt road, cross the fence/gate and travel south along a cow trail to the first outcroppings of bedrock. Bushwhack up the slope on the right to reach the base of the crag. The total hike in is a pleasant 10-15 minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.7 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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The Shield from the Forest Service road
The Shield from the Forest Service road
View down The Shield with Goodrich "lake"/bog below and the Forest Service Rd in the distance on the upper left.
View down The Shield with Goodrich "lake"...
View to the SE and the Kettle Crest Range from the top of The Shield.
View to the SE and the Kettle Crest Range from the...

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