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Prime Cut (5.10a) on an island


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

44 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',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
Heading up pitch 2 of Heart of Stone, crux pitch.

Heart of Stone 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  WA : Central Region : ... : Orange Wall
Pitch 1 5.7 Climb up and right along a blunt arete to a belay ledge. ~25MPitch 2 5.10A Crux pitch, head out left until you reach a long arete and climb the edge and left side of the arete. ~30MPitch 3 5.8 Climb up and right on the featured face for 60-80 feet to reach a bolted belay on a small ledge. ~30MPitch 4 5.8 Climb this short pitch up and right until you reach the obvious large ledge just below the upper headwall. ~15MPitch 5 5.7 Scramble easy 4th class to the low angle head wall and head...[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)
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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By shanejcollins
From: Washington
Mar 31, 2015
By Allen King
Apr 7, 2015
If you are going to climb Dr. Ceuse at Picnic Table Wall, watch out for the Great Horned Owl in the chimney...
By Jon Nelson
Apr 7, 2015
Nice job on that video Shane. It was fun to watch.
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