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Elevation: 1,688 ft
GPS: 47.59967, -120.71235
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Castle Rock is home to many of the classic climbs in Tumwater Canyon, and is home to Washington's first multipitch, technical rock climb (Midway, Fred Beckey 1948). Historic climbs such as Angel Crack and Midway offer options for trad leaders seeking a range of difficulty from challenging to mellow routes. In general, the rock quality is excellent though many routes are highly polished from extensive traffic. Pitches leading to the summit of Castle rock can be somewhat indistinct and somewhat runout, offering an adventuresome feel on a well-traveled formation.

Castle Rock faces predominately southwest and can get a lot of sun. The rock is split by Logger's Ledge, a wide ledge halfway up the formation. Climbs on upper Castle begin from this ledge, which is reached by an obvious trail from the parking lot. Climbs on the lower half begin near the parking lot.

To descend from climbs which reach the summit of Castle Rock, follow a good climber's trail off the back of the formation down to Loggers Ledge.

Getting There Suggest change

Drive approximately 2 miles west up Highway 2 from Leavenworth. There is a large dirt parking lot on the "north" side of the road. From this parking lot, a signed trail leads to Logger's Ledge and upper Castle Rock. The approach is 10-15 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Castle Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 167
Saber
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 265
Midway
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 209
Catapult
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 269
Canary
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 155
South Face, Jello Tower
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 80
The Bone
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 147
Damnation Crack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 54
Brass Balls
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 19
Devil's Delight
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 28
MF Direct
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R
 21
Dan's Dreadful Direct (aka DDD)
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 15
Hangdog
Trad, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 35
Das Musak
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
 18
No Such Thing as a Free Lunge
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
Rainshadow Direct
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Saber Upper Castle
 167
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Midway Upper Castle
 265
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Catapult Lower Castle
 209
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Canary Upper Castle
 269
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
South Face, Jello Tower Upper Castle
 155
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Bone Lower Castle
 80
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Damnation Crack Upper Castle
 147
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Brass Balls Lower Castle
 54
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Devil's Delight Upper Castle
 19
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
MF Direct Upper Castle
 28
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad
Dan's Dreadful Direct (aka… Upper Castle
 21
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a R Trad
Hangdog Upper Castle
 15
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, TR
Das Musak Upper Castle
 35
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
No Such Thing as a Free Lunge Upper Castle
 18
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R Trad
Rainshadow Direct Upper Castle
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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