Elevation: 1,551 ft
GPS: 47.601, -120.713 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: ScottH on Feb 3, 2006 · Updates
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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.

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+
 55
Royal Flush
Boulder
V2 5+
 99
The Fin
Boulder
V3 6A
 52
Dyno 101
Boulder
V5 6C
 95
Footless Traverse
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 148
Saber
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 216
Midway
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 102
Ground Hog Day
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 172
Catapult
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 228
Canary
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 129
South Face, Jello Tower
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 120
Gun Rack
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 70
The Bone
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 125
Damnation Crack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 118
Angel
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 47
Brass Balls
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Royal Flush * Bouldering in… > Swiftwater Boul… > Royal Flush
 55
V2 5+ Boulder
The Fin * Bouldering in… > … > Forest > Fin boulder
 99
V2 5+ Boulder
Dyno 101 * Bouldering in… > … > Beach > Dyno 101
 52
V3 6A Boulder
Footless Traverse * Bouldering in… > Swiftwater Boul… > Campus Traverse
 95
V5 6C Boulder
Saber Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 148
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Midway Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 216
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Ground Hog Day February Buttress
 102
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Catapult Castle Rock > Lower Castle
 172
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Canary Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 228
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
South Face, Jello Tower Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 129
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Gun Rack Clem's Holler Area > Clem's Holler
 120
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
The Bone Castle Rock > Lower Castle
 70
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Damnation Crack Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 125
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Angel Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 118
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Brass Balls Castle Rock > Lower Castle
 47
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
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