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Areas in Tumwater Canyon

** Bouldering in Tumwater Canyon 0 / 0 / 0 / 71 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 71
Bear Cave Crag 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Castle Rock 25 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Clem's Holler Area 11 / 23 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Dental Dome 4 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Dildome 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Drip Wall 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
February Buttress 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Hobo Gulch 4 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Karma Crags 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Lower Castle Rock 17 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Midnight Rock 9 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Noontime Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Parasol, The 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Piton Tower 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 5
Rattlesnake Rock 3 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Tumwater Mountain Crest 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
West Tumwater Rock 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Elevation: 1,552 ft
GPS: 47.601, -120.713 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: ScottH on Feb 3, 2006 with updates
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

Description

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.
Seasonal Raptor Closure: Noontime and Midnight Rock Details

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tumwater Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
The Fin
Boulder
V2 5+
Royal Flush
Boulder
V2 5+
Beach Arete
Boulder
V3 6A
Dyno 101
Boulder
V5 6C
Footless Traverse
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Saber
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Midway
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Midway Direct
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Catapult
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Canary
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
South Face, Jello Tower
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Gun Rack
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Bone
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Damnation Crack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Angel
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Fin * Bouldering in T… > Beach V2 5+ Boulder
Royal Flush * Bouldering in T… > Swiftwater Boulders > Royal Flush V2 5+ Boulder
Beach Arete * Bouldering in T… > Beach V2 5+ Boulder
Dyno 101 * Bouldering in T… > Beach V3 6A Boulder
Footless Traverse * Bouldering in T… > Swiftwater Boulders > Campus Traverse V5 6C Boulder
Saber Castle Rock 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Midway Castle Rock 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Midway Direct Castle Rock 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Catapult Lower Castle Rock 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Canary Castle Rock 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
South Face, Jello Tower Castle Rock 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Gun Rack Clem's Holler Area > Clem's Holler 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
The Bone Lower Castle Rock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Damnation Crack Castle Rock 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Angel Castle Rock 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
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Tumwater Campground is now permanently closed. I'm not sure if there's anything closer than Icicle Creek camping-wise. May 12, 2016

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