Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Desperation Crack T,TR 
Desperation Face TR 
Desperation Face Right TR 
Desperation Overhang Left TR 
Desperation Overhang Right TR 
Layback of Dihedral T,TR 
Variation to Dihedral TR 

Desperation  Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Page Views: 1,711
Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: michael faith on May 28, 2012
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Know the location? Show us! We need it for cool new features!
BETA PHOTO: Desperation. Dihedral is on the right, next crack ...


Aesthetically, it's hard to beat Desperation. The crag faces the ocean leaving visitors with a fantastic view of the San Juans along with amazing sunsets. Rock is of fantastic quality for ocean-side sandstone. Routes run from 25-35 feet, most of which can be top roped using the trees above the crag. Bring plenty of webbing for extending anchors. Some of the routes still need to be cleaned. Check the tides before you go! 8 is likely the highest you'll want to attempt these routes at if you're top roping, it should be lower for leading.

Getting There 

Access is found from the tracks and from the beach. If approaching from the train tracks, crag is located between and opposite of Grey Wall and Dihedral Area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.3 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Desperation

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Desperation :
Desperation Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 25'   
Desperation Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, TR, 30'   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Desperation

Featured Route For Desperation
Rock Climbing Photo: Overhang Left starts at the left edge and works ri...

Desperation Overhang Left 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  WA : Northwest Region : ... : Desperation
Very, very strenuous....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

Photos of Desperation Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Desperation is loaded with purple starfish.
Desperation is loaded with purple starfish.
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from Desperation
The view from Desperation

Comments on Desperation Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!