Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
Tumwater Canyon

Select Area...
** Bouldering in Tumwater Canyon  
Bear Cave Crag 
Castle Rock 
Clem's Holler Area 
Dental Dome 
Drip Wall 
February Buttress 
Hobo Gulch 
Lower Castle Rock 
Midnight Rock 
Noontime Rock 
Piton Tower 
Rattlesnake Rock 
West Tumwater Rock 

Tumwater Canyon Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 47.60098, -120.71325 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 186,248
Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: ScottH on Feb 3, 2006
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Sarah Top Roping the Stash

Seasonal Raptor Closure: Noontime and Midnight Rock MORE INFO >>>


Tumwater Canyon lies along HW2 on the approach to Leavenworth from Steven's Pass. The canyon is the northern companion to Icicle Creek. Similar in character and rock type (quartz diorite) to Icicle Creek, the biggest difference between the canyons is the presence of Highway 2, the major route connecting Leavenworth to western Washington, and a source of pesky road noise at some crags. There are fewer crags in Tumwater than Icicle, but some great ones-- Castle Rock and Midnight Rock offer longer trad climbing, while Clem's Holler and surrounding crags offer numerous sport climbs.

There is camping in the canyon at Tumwater Campground, and several campgrounds in Icicle Creek Canyon, a short drive away.

Getting There 

Drive west from Leavenworth on Highway 2. Mileages are typically reported from the intersection of Highway 2 and the intersection with Icicle Creek Road on the west side of town.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

179 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',22],['3 Stars',74],['2 Stars',54],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tumwater Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tumwater Canyon:
Beach Arete   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   ** Bouldering in Tumwater C... : The Beach
Royal Flush   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Swiftwater Boulders : Royal Flush
Dyno 101   V3 6A     Boulder   ** Bouldering in Tumwater C... : The Beach
Footless Traverse   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Swiftwater Boulders : Campus Traverse
Premium Coffee   V7 7A+     Boulder   Swiftwater Boulders : Premium Coffee
Midway   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad   Castle Rock
Saber   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 280'   Castle Rock
Catapult   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   Lower Castle Rock
Canary   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Castle Rock
The Bone   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 300'   Lower Castle Rock
Gun Rack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   Clem's Holler Area : Clem's Holler
Damnation Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock
Brass Balls   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Lower Castle Rock
Satanic Verses   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Castle Rock
The Nose, of Jello Tower   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Castle Rock
MF Direct   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Castle Rock
Rock n' Rattle   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 75'   Rattlesnake Rock
ROTC   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad   Midnight Rock
No Such Thing as a Free Lunge   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 70'   Castle Rock
Das Musak   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Castle Rock
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Tumwater Canyon

Featured Route For Tumwater Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Dyno 101 & Beach Arete

Beach Arete V2 5+  WA : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : ... : The Beach
Start on a small rock pile at the edge of the water. Grab the starting hold and make your way up and right with good heel hooking to jugs at the apex. Mantle w/ right or left heel hook to top out. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

Comments on Tumwater Canyon Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!