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Castle Rock is home to many of the classic climbs in Tumwater Canyon, and is home to Washington's first multipitch, technical rock climb (Midway, Fred Beckey 1948). Historic climbs such as Angel Crack and Midway offer options for trad leaders seeking a range of difficulty from challenging to mellow routes. In general, the rock quality is excellent though many routes are highly polished from extensive traffic. Pitches leading to the summit of Castle rock can be somewhat indistinct and somewhat runout, offering an adventuresome feel on a well-traveled formation.
Drive approximately 2 miles west up Highway 2 from Leavenworth. There is a large dirt parking lot on the "north" side of the road. From this parking lot, a signed trail leads to Logger's Ledge and upper Castle Rock. The approach is 10-15 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Castle Rock:
Saber 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, 2 pitches, 280'
Midway 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad
Midway Direct 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad
Winter Solstice 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 2 pitches
Cat Burglar 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad
Old Gray Mare 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch
Canary 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
South Face, Jello Tower 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Damnation Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Angel 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Crack of Doom 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
MF Overhang 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad
The Nose, of Jello Tower 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Das Musak 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 60'
Featured Route For Castle Rock
Das Musak 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a WA : Central-East Cascades & Wen... : ... : Castle Rock
The only sport route at Castle Rock (thanks to a couple of choppings), and a good one. Some bouldery moves off the deck put you square up with a power crux at the third bolt. There are cool moves the rest of the way; mostly sustained gently overhanging edges, with a deadpoint move to a rail and...well, I won't say anything about the end....[more] Browse More Classics in WA
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