Login with Facebook
Spokane Area

Select Area...
Cliff Drive 
Deep Creek 
Eagles Nest Boulder 
Liberty Park  
McLellan Rocks 
Mirabeau Park 
Rocks of Sharon 
Tum Tum 

Spokane Area  

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Location: 47.6542, -117.4084 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 148,681
Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Scott Coldiron on Jun 14, 2009

62° | 52°

72° | 50°

77° | 51°

72° | 51°

64° | 48°
Columbus Day

69° | 42°
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [4 people like this page.]


Spokane climbing... Hardly world class- but hard to beat. What other metro area has nine climbing areas within a twenty minute drive? Here is a list of the crags with distance from town and whatever else I think is pertinent.

Minnehaha: Decent trad and poorly protected sport climbs, on granite, right in town / 70+ routes, 100+ boulder / most are within 50 yards of parking lot / kid friendly / Popular toprope area.If you climb here long enough you may see someone LEAD A ROUTE!!. Props to the hardmen that put them up- some really bold 11's and 12's were put up back in the day!

Dishman: Mostly 5.11 and 5.12 sport climbing on slightly overhanging granite right in town / 24 routes / 2 minute approach/ The terrain is kid friendly, but watch out for bums and mosquitos. / Enjoy the tonal quality of Dishman Dodge's PA system!!

Mirabeau: Small sport area with some excellent 5.7 to 5.11 climbing right next to the Valley YMCA (join the Y, put the crumb-snatchers in free daycare and go climbing, you're pretty much close enough to get away with it for years- or so I hear). The crag is really kid-friendly too. Well bolted for safe leads, most are also top-ropeable.

Cliff Drive : Very short but pumpy, well-bolted routes, on basalt, right in the heart of town. / 18 routes / 1 minute approach. It's like a free climbing gym- only with bums!!

Liberty Park: 4 or 5 steep boulder problems in a basalt cave in the 'hood / 1 minute approach / Great for kids, especially if your kids want to check out the benefits of gang membership!
-(actually it's a nice park, just not the best part of town.)

Rocks of Sharon: 60 + routes and some pretty good scenery on Tower Mountain./ 5 miles from the south end of town / 15 or 20 minute approach (good for kids if they are old enough to handle a steep 15 minute approach hike).

Deep Creek: 60+ great sport routes on steep basalt 4 miles from the Nortwest edge of town/ 5-15 minute approach / kid friendly / You can climb main wall on a rainy day. No toprope routes, but safely bolted for leading. Thanks past quide-book authors- for saving us from certain death or dismemberment from climbing at this dangerous area! Thanks local shops- for still trying to sell these outdated guidebooks! ....yes, there is a reason they are always on sale for two bucks.

McLellan: 80+ trad, sport, and boulder problems on granite with lots of new route development / 16 mi. from the Northwest edge of town. Safer parking now that meth isn't as cool as it used to be!

Tumtum: 23 mi. Northwest / 25+ routes- / 5-20 min. approach/ mostly trad and some bouldering and runout sport, 5.0 to 5.12. Hard to find your way around and some scrambly approaches; fun with rattlesnakes for the young-uns, though!

Post Falls (Q'Emiln Park): 80+ sport routes and a few trad climbs on granite /17 miles from the East end of town / Very kid-friendly/ best 5.10 and below sport climbing. Death Fall Wall has rainy day climbs. Beware the Pernicious Grade Creep! With grades as soft as a baby's bum, you're sure to climb harder in no time!

Buy Inland Northwest Rock Climbs by Marty Bland at Mountain Gear or Mountain Goat to check out good hard sport climbing just a little further north in Marcus, Metaline Falls, and China Bend. The climbing at Lake Koocanusa (Stone Hill) is also worth checking out. Vantage (Frenchman Coulee) is only a couple hour drive on I-90 and offers something like seven hundred routes.

Getting There 

Go to individual pages for directions to the crags

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

278 Total Routes

['4 Stars',26],['3 Stars',115],['2 Stars',102],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Spokane Area:
Tarantula Traverse   V2-3 5+     Boulder   Minnehaha : Other Rocks
Main Crack   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Minnehaha : Main Wall
Delayed Adolescence   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 50'   McLellan Rocks : The Hood
The Dihedral   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Minnehaha : Main Wall
Stone Dead Rattler   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 50'   McLellan Rocks : Morning Wall
A Perfect Storm   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Big Rock : West Face
Don Quixote   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Minnehaha : Don Quixote Face
Character Assassination   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 40'   McLellan Rocks : White Wall
The Prow   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 30'   Minnehaha : Secondary Face
The Roach   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
Free Installation   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   Dishman
Pit Lizard   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   Deep Creek : The Pit
Flogging a Dead Horse   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Deep Creek : The Pit
Naked Man   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
Belly Rubber   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
Dump Truck   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
Mental Warfare   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
Flip a Bitch Bear   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Deep Creek : The Pit
Bitten   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport   Deep Creek : The Main Wall
The Masochist   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport   Deep Creek : The Pit
Browse More Classics in Spokane Area

Featured Route For Spokane Area
warming up on this great route

The Dihedral 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  WA : Northeast Corner & Spokane : ... : Main Wall
Arguably the best route at Minne, Dihedral is often TR'd, but is an excellent lead. You'll lieback, jam, stem, crimp and smear up this one. The Crux is at mid-height, after moving left from a good rest in the corner. sustained from this point. Many consider it hard for the grade....[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

Comments on Spokane Area Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -
Beyond the Guidebook:
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!