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The Blues Cliff

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Accidental Discharge S 
Black Cat Bone S 
Blue in the Face S 
Color of Pain, The S 
Cry Baby S 
Number 9 T 
Rhythm and Bolts S 
Starfish T,S 
Twelve Gauge IQ T 
Unicorn Blues S 
Written in Stone S 

The Blues Cliff Rock Climbing 


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Location: 47.81993, -121.5696 View Map  Incorrect?
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Unicorn draws first blood. (Unicorn Blues, 12a)

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Description 

This cliff is the host of several great routes, containing anything from slabs to corners to roofs. Almost all of the climbs are bolted, even some cracks (yikes, when did this become acceptable at index???)

Getting There 

Take the trail from the country up some steep switchbacks past the boards on the trail, and a giant boulder. Take a left at an obvious fork(upper wall trail goes right), then two more lefts at subsequent forks.

Climbing Season

For the Middle Town Walls area.

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',5],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Blues Cliff

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Blues Cliff:
Starfish   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Number 9   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Accidental Discharge   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Black Cat Bone   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Twelve Gauge IQ   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For The Blues Cliff
Rock Climbing Photo: #9 (10a), a route on the far left side of Blues Cl...

Number 9 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  WA : Index : ... : The Blues Cliff
An amazing route in an amazing position. Unique climbing for Index - steep face climbing on solid quartzite holds reminiscent of the Gunks. But just look around - the Gunks don't have air and views quite like this...Rappel in. From the 2 bolt anchor at the base of the route, climb up the corner crack through nice, smooth granite and up over a tricky bulge. From here, the character of the climb changes considerably as you leave the smooth granite and begin working your way up a steep wall thro...[more]   Browse More Classics in WA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Wedgie, 5.12. On the far right side.
Wedgie, 5.12. On the far right side.

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By Drewsky
Dec 30, 2008
There are a couple climbs in this area that have sections of sport-bolted cracks (Twelve Gauge IQ has a bit as well). Luckily this seems to be the exception rather than the rule, even at the predominantly bolted Blues Cliff.

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