|Whistler Canyon Trailhead (Oroville)
Located about 14 miles north of Tonasket, and 3 miles south of Oroville, Whistler Canyon Trailhead is the only public access to the west side of Mt Hull from highway 97. It is being managed cooperatively by Okanogan County, BLM and The Backcountry Horseman, Pacific NW Trails Association and other local user groups. One aspect of this area is that each cliff though relatively small is distinct and delightful in the quality of the hiking and climbing experiences. The rock cleans up to provide excellent climbing, and there is plenty of shade at different times of the day. It is also possible to climb here every month of the year, weather permitting.
Access from Hwy 97 is directly across from Gavin Rd (turn East up the white gravel road). The trail map and climbers kiosk is at the edge of the parking circle. Climbers information is on the back side of the kiosk. The prominent SW face of SHEEP’S HEAD is to the north. The trail (#100) to the main canyons (Whistler and North Canyons) begins just east of the parking area and heads north before turning SSE up the hillside to the old road bed. To access the North Canyon (and Windy Point) climbing turn left and follow the trail north towards “Frog Pond”.
The main Whistler Canyon hiking/biking/horse trail (#100) is on up the main canyon to the East (ending after 11 miles near Summit Lake). There is an abundance of other wildlife to encounter here, including turkey, hawk, eagle, vulture, sheep, coyote, deer, bear and cougar. Watch out for snakes (rattlers!) from mid-April to mid-October, especially in loose rocky areas.
There are now about 80 (mostly bolted) routes established, on good to excellent rock (granodiorite and gneiss), ranging from 5.3 to 5.12+, 50 to 300' long . Lots of variety of climbing exists in a relatively compact area. Generally the bolting ethic here expects gear to be used when possible and safe, but there are some exceptions... Be prepared for loose and/or dirty rock in places; helmets are advised!. The grading (especially in the lower grades) tends to follow old school standards, rather than newer and softer trends.
There are several distinct areas developed;
NW Face -The area to the left of the main lower corner - easy to moderate trad, mixed and sport climbs.
SW Face - The lower and upper left and right sides of the main corner, easy to moderately hard climbs, both short and long.
West Face- Includes the slabs above the lower trail, mostly easy bolted routes, as well as the lush Garden Ledge with the short, steep and hard bolted faces!
Windy Point - The best rock at Whistler Canyon! Mostly moderate to hard (trad, mixed and sport) climbs in a great setting.
North Canyon/Frog Pond Trail - 4 separate areas with diverse easy to hard mostly bolted climbs.
Upper Canyon - Remote spread out area includes several crags with easy to hard climbs in a great location. Some remote crags are completely undeveloped. Banded Wall is especially fine.
Upper East Canyon - The last trailside crag before the gate to Forest Service land. Unique feeling place with some great slab (mixed and sport) climbing.
Follow the signs on the highway to the parking area on the east side of Hyw 97, 3 miles south of Oroville/14 miles north of Tonasket (white graveled road and parking lot).
A 5 to 15 minute hike along the horse trail gets you in to the different crags (30 to 45 minutes for the upper crags). There is some climber info posted on the back side of the main sign-in kiosk.
78 Total Routes
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BETA PHOTO: Whistler Canyon Trailhead overview of crags
Banded Wall from the lower trail (#100)
BETA PHOTO: Upper NW Face
View North from upper Whistler Canyon (top of Band...
Windy Point from the South
Climbers on "Sheepish" (5.6 *** on West Face Slabs...
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BETA PHOTO: Whistler Canyon topos for Upper NW face and Windy ...
View West (to the Pasaytens) from upper Whistler C...
BETA PHOTO: Lower SW Face - showing "Diamond Head"
BETA PHOTO: Climbing areas of Okanogan County
Rattler in early spring
BETA PHOTO: Lower and upper cliffs from the parking lot.
View North across the Okanogan Valley from the low...
View of the "trailhead" and parking lot from the t...
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