Cliff Drive Rock Climbing
Beautiful view looking north as you stand on the t...
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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
15 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Cliff Drive
So Far Gone 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c WA
: Northeast Corner & Spokane
: ... : Cliff Drive
Surprisingly challenging little route. You might describe this route as "handsy" because all the footholds are slippery and not obvious. The top features a slight overhang that isn't too challenging to get over and it offers slight protection on drizzly days. Named "So Far Gone" due to it's distance from the other routes in this overgrown local park....[more] Browse More Classics in WA
Local climbers at the main wall. It was great to m...
BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall, center
BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall,left
BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall, right
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.
By Eric Roe
Sep 23, 2016
The main pull out parking is no longer usable, the city moved the boulders that fenced the cliff edge up to the road. Probably due to the rich pricks that live in the area wanting to shut down the best make out spot in the city. You can park on some of the side streets, but there are restrictions for certain times of the day.
By Trevin Spencer
From: Spokane, WA
Oct 11, 2016
ROUTE UPDATE (Oct 2016):
All TR anchors that needed it have been replaced with new chains and new hangers have been added to many of the routes that had been missing them in the past. Plus ALL old routes to the west of the main wall have been opened back up! They just need to be climbed! This is all still a work in progress. But with all the new hardware and cleaning it is looking great! If you want to help clean please bring a trash bag when you go climbing and pick up a few pieces of garbage if there is any! Thanks!
PARKING UPDATE (Oct 2016):
You can now park legally 50 feet to the west of the access point on Cliff Drive right above the crag. Legal hours are between 7am and 7pm everyday. Just park west of this parking sign.
Parking for Cliff Drive. You can park legally 50 feet to the west on Cliff Drive right above the crag between 7am and 7pm everyday.