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Elevation: 1,551 ft 473 m
GPS: 47.60098, -120.71325
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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.
V0 4
 67
Brickwork
Boulder
V2 5+
 51
Beach Arete
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 79
Royal Flush
Boulder
V3 6A
 70
Dyno 101
Boulder
V5 6C
 142
Footless Traverse
Boulder
V6 7A
 78
The Hueco Crimper
Boulder
V6 7A
 40
Beckey's Problem
Boulder
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 274
Canary
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 81
The Bone
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 149
Damnation Crack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 56
Brass Balls
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 47
Tubbing at Der Ritterhoff
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 29
MF Direct
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 40
Toothless
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 46
Rock n' Rattle
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Brickwork * Bouldering in… > … > Forest > U2 & Goicoechea boulder
 67
V0 4 Boulder
Beach Arete * Bouldering in… > … > Beach > Arete Boulder
 51
V2 5+ Boulder
Royal Flush * Bouldering in… > Swiftwater Boul… > Royal Flush
 79
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Dyno 101 * Bouldering in… > … > Beach > Dyno 101
 70
V3 6A Boulder
Footless Traverse * Bouldering in… > Swiftwater Boul… > Campus Traverse
 142
V5 6C Boulder
The Hueco Crimper * Bouldering in… > Pitless Avocado > Hueco Crimper Boulder
 78
V6 7A Boulder
Beckey's Problem * Bouldering in… > Labyrinth > Beckey's Problem
 40
V6 7A Boulder
Canary Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 274
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
The Bone Castle Rock > Lower Castle
 81
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Damnation Crack Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 149
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Brass Balls Castle Rock > Lower Castle
 56
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Tubbing at Der Ritterhoff Rattlesnake Rock
 47
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
MF Direct Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 29
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Toothless Drip Wall
 40
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Rock n' Rattle Rattlesnake Rock
 46
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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