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Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon  


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Description 

Hot in the summer, great in the spring and fall. It can be a bit windy at times. Generally the rocks are not crowded.
The rock is granite and a bit crumbly. Watch for loose holds and bring your tape as it can be hard on the hands!

Also for those of you with bee allergies bring your Epi-Pen the bees can be pretty thick and sometimes nest in the flakes on some of the routes. We especially noticed this at Roadside Rock and a bit in the sunny parts of Northrup Canyon.

Bring your bouldering pad there are countless problems for any level of climber. The problems are only limited by your own imagination.

There are numerous trad routes and several well protected sport routes. There aren't many opportunities to set up top ropes.

Camp at Jones Bay to be right by the boulders, or Steamboat Rock state park. Other nearby camping options include Sunbanks Resort and Osborn Bay. Free camping (in an area that does NOT allow campfires) can be found by going down the road ACROSS from the road into Osborn Bay.

There are also several seedy looking hotels/motels in and around Electric City (3 Miles away) and Grand Coulee (5 Miles)


Getting There 

From Spokane - Take highway 2 to Electric City (Just past the Grand Coulee Dam) and go about 3 miles further until you see the granite all over the place.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.7 miles from here

42 Total Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',13],['5.10',14],['5.11',5],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon:
Red Arete   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport   Road Side Rock
Heart of Stone   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Orange Wall
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Featured Route For Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon
Steph cleaning Bassomatic.

Bassomatic 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  WA : Central Region : ... : The Bastion
This is the obvious crack line that splits the face of the Bastion. Jams/locks and side-pulls, with good feet all along. The position is absolutely fantastic, and the climbing great. If you own a canoe and live in Washington state, this line should be near the top of your list!The biggest challenge of climbing this route is canoe logistics. You can anchor the canoe to the rock with gear in the lower cracks. Rather than rappel the route (which would require pulling the rope, and having it land in...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

Photos of Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Tent& Awning rock. After the Gold Rush (5.10b)
Tent& Awning rock. After the Gold Rush (5.10b)
Prime Cut (5.10a) on an island
Prime Cut (5.10a) on an island
Half Bassed  (5.8pg) on a peninsula
Half Bassed (5.8pg) on a peninsula
Bassomatic (5.9) on a peninsula
Bassomatic (5.9) on a peninsula
Roadside Rock viewed from the lake
Roadside Rock viewed from the lake

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