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Apron (aka Highway Rock), The 
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Tum Tum Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: kBobby on Jun 18, 2012
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John leading the 5.10b pitch.

Description 

Good solid granite cracks and slab, this place really deserves to be more popular than it is. Currently, the routes are somewhat dirty and mossy, and definitely need some TLC. If people climbed here more often, this would be some of the best trad climbing in the area. There is also plenty of room for development, both trad and sport.

Some of the bolted slab routes have studs that are missing hangers.

If you climb here, I recommend bringing a large brush, especially for the slab routes.

WARNING: There are rattlesnakes in this area.

Getting There 

30 miles from downtown Spokane. These directions assume you are coming from the city.

  • Head out Northwest Blvd. It turns into 9-Mile Road, and eventually Corkscrew Highway. All are still the same road (Hwy 291).
  • Past the town of Tum Tum, you will go through a switchback up and to the north, then around a bend back south towards Long Lake.
  • Soon, you will pass some amazing looking granite cliffs with houses and mobile homes in front of them on your right. These, unfortunately, are not your destination.
  • Continue until you see the dark colored slabs on the right that come very close to the road. There will be a parking lot, and a boulder with a chainlink fence around it (the pictographs). Park here (Discovery Pass Required).

There are trails here that go up to the smaller and higher domes, or head east back down the road to a clearing for the Apron and the Banana Split Dome.

Climbing Season

For the Spokane Area area.

Weather station 12.4 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',4],['5.9',1],['5.10',8],['5.11',6],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',2],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

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By Kevin Driscoll
Oct 14, 2015
Many new routes have been added and the old ones upgraded and cleaned in 2015. Plenty of variety for all levels of climbing ability. Longest multi pitch sport routes in the area. Beautiful setting overlooking Long Lake and close to Spokane.
By Troy Isakson
From: Spokane, WA
Jun 8, 2016
Access update....All routes near and north of the state parking lot are on state land. Highway Rock and Banana Split Dome are on two separate pieces of private property. Access is permissible for the upper half of Highway Rock (The Apron) and Banana Split Dome as this is on a larger piece of land owned by a landowner that has given permission to climb. However, the base of Highway Rock is on a small four acre piece of land that is off-limits per this land owner. Please stay off the land at the base of Highway Rock/The Apron. This makes many new sport routes inaccessible. Please respect this land owner's wishes and do not climb or be at the base of Highway Rock. Highway Rock is the big slab area close to the highway with the sweeping overhang in the middle. This includes the climbs left and right of Orion. If access is granted in the future, we will update on here.

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