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** Bouldering in Tumwater Canyon  
Bear Cave Crag 
Castle Rock 
Clem's Holler Area 
Dental Dome 
Drip Wall 
February Buttress 
Hobo Gulch 
Lower Castle Rock 
Midnight Rock 
Noontime Rock 
Parasol, The 
Piton Tower 
Rattlesnake Rock 
Tumwater Mountain Crest 
West Tumwater Rock 

Tumwater Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Tumwater Canyon lies along HW2 on the approach to Leavenworth from Steven's Pass. The canyon is the northern companion to Icicle Creek. Similar in character and rock type (quartz diorite) to Icicle Creek, the biggest difference between the canyons is the presence of Highway 2, the major route connecting Leavenworth to western Washington, and a source of pesky road noise at some crags. There are fewer crags in Tumwater than Icicle, but some great ones-- Castle Rock and Midnight Rock offer longer trad climbing, while Clem's Holler and surrounding crags offer numerous sport climbs.

There is camping at several campgrounds in Icicle Creek Canyon, a short drive away.

Getting There 

Drive west from Leavenworth on Highway 2. Mileages are typically reported from the intersection of Highway 2 and the intersection with Icicle Creek Road on the west side of town.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

202 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',24],['3 Stars',82],['2 Stars',64],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tumwater Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tumwater Canyon:
Royal Flush   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Swiftwater Boulders : Royal Flush
Beach Arete   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   ** Bouldering in Tumwater C... : The Beach
Dyno 101   V3 6A     Boulder   ** Bouldering in Tumwater C... : The Beach
Footless Traverse   V5 6C     Boulder, 20'   Swiftwater Boulders : Campus Traverse
Saber   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 280'   Castle Rock
Midway   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad   Castle Rock
Catapult   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   Lower Castle Rock
South Face, Jello Tower   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock
Canary   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Castle Rock
The Bone   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 300'   Lower Castle Rock
Gun Rack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches   Clem's Holler Area : Clem's Holler
Damnation Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock
Brass Balls   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Lower Castle Rock
Satanic Verses   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Castle Rock
Slim Pickins   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock
MF Direct   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Castle Rock
Rock n' Rattle   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 75'   Rattlesnake Rock
ROTC   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad   Midnight Rock
Das Musak   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Castle Rock
Stevens Pass Motel   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Midnight Rock
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By Ryan Nelling
May 12, 2016
Tumwater Campground is now permanently closed. I'm not sure if there's anything closer than Icicle Creek camping-wise.

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