BETA PHOTO: The Bend
Originally dubbed "The Crackhouse," the Bend is a small paradise for 5.10 tradsters. There are scores of fine finger and hand cracks, including some two-pitch routes. There are only a few sport routes, although one of them (Tragically Hip, 5.11c) is one of the best pure arete liebacking routes in the state.
Somewhat remarkably, the Bend was ignored for years by Tieton climbers. The first recorded exploration didn't happen until 1987. Most of the 70 or so routes were developed in a two-year flurry that followed.
About a mile west of the Royal Columns, perched above a bend of the river.
Park in a gravel lot next to a metal Quonset hut (WDFW parking decal required), or on the shoulder of the highway if you don't have a decal. From the parking area, follow an obvious trail west to a suspension footbridge over the Tieton River, then turn left on the Tieton Nature Trail. After a short distance, take a right fork up to the cliff.
Weather station 9.7 miles from here
40 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Bend
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Sugar Kicks 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b WA
: Tieton River
: ... : Bend West
A beautiful finger crack of sustained 9+ to 10- climbing leads to a short, but stout, crux. Crux consists of thin and unstable jams with relatively bad feet. A key face hold off left helped me through it. If able to make the reach to the next good jam, this hold isn't necessary....[more] Browse More Classics in WA
The Bend, Tieton River Canyon
By Tuck Russell
Mar 19, 2015
Currently closed for Golden Eagle nesting. Will probably reopen in May. This happens every few years. Last few years they've cut us a break by nesting in between the Bend and Royal Columns, but not this season.
By Tuck Russell
Apr 13, 2015
Bend is Open. Apparently someone moved the sign from the east of the crag to the west. Land manager is moving it back today.