Cliff Drive Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall, center
- * I DO NOT KNOW THE NAMES OR EXACT FA INFO ON THESE ROUTES. IF YOU DO, LEAVE A COMMENT AND I'LL CHANGE THE ROUTE INFO. **
The Cliff Drive crags lie in the center of the city, minutes from downtown, and offer surprisingly pumpy climbing. This nicely shaded, north-facing basalt crag can be climbable on very hot summer days. There are a 18 very short but fun sport climbs that range from 5.6 to 5.11 with a healthy concentration of nines and tens. Trash is a problem here, so if you want to make the crag better, bring a bag and take a few more things out than you brought in. Six quick draws are about all you need to lead these climbs. Almost all of the climbs are easily top-roped, and only require 2 quick draws to set up.
The climbs were developed by Vince and Rick Labelle and Kevin Hammond.
Nine routes lie on the wall directly below the no parking sign on Cliff Drive, west of the Edwidge Woldson Park sign. (Named after climbing pioneer- I hear ol' Edwidge pulled wicked hard)! There is another rock directly to the North a few paces. On the backside are 3 more kid-friendly bolted slabs in the 5.6-5.7 range. Another half-dozen routes are scattered to the West on the same line of crages as the main wall. They are a mix of bolted routes and TR anchors.
From downtown take Stevens St. South. As you drive up the hill stay to your right, toward Bernard St. After the road splits, you'll go under a bridge, which is Cliff Dr. (your objective). Take the next right on Sumner St., drive 1 block then another right on Stevens St. Drive 1 block, turn left on Cliff Dr. and park at the Pioneer Park pullout. Walk west for about 350 ft. to the no parking sign. You are now directly above the crag, look for an obvious steep path in a cleft between the rocks. Turn to your right. You're at the main wall.
Climbing Season For the Spokane Area area.
Weather station 6.1 miles from here
13 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Cliff Drive
Bum Camp 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b WA
: Northeast Corner & Spokane
: ... : Cliff Drive
The Cliff Drive climbs are all fun, short gym type climbs that can be pretty pumpy for the grade. If you you need a quick workout and don't want to pay for the gym, try this.Some sidepulls will lead you to the crux left hand crimp above the second bolt. I think the bums may have stolen the clipping jug at the third bolt. It gets easier as you hit the blocky bucket at the fourth bolt. ...[more] Browse More Classics in WA
BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall, right
BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall,left
Local climbers at the main wall. It was great to m...
By Sean O'Brien
From: Spokane, Washington
May 6, 2014
Some of the beta is outdated. Many hangers and anchors have been pulled down. Man wall is fairly complete. Routes to the west of the access ramp are pretty much undoable. Also, one of the shorter routes on the secondary are just to the north has been robbed of a few hangers.
By Conor Felletter
From: Boulder, Colorado
Aug 10, 2014
The climbs on the main wall were worthwhile but be sure to check carefully for
missing hangers and bolts if you are leading. Passing through for only one day we enjoyed this crag and found the local climbing community to be very welcoming.