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+
 47
Royal Flush
Boulder
V2 5+
 85
The Fin
Boulder
V3 6A
 48
Dyno 101
Boulder
V5 6C
 71
Footless Traverse
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 130
Saber
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 181
Midway
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 93
Ground Hog Day
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 147
Catapult
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 203
Canary
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 112
South Face, Jello Tower
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 108
Gun Rack
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 60
The Bone
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 111
Damnation Crack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 107
Angel
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 43
Brass Balls
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Royal Flush * Bouldering in… > Swiftwater Boul… > Royal Flush
 47
V2 5+ Boulder
The Fin * Bouldering in… > … > Forest > Fin boulder
 85
V2 5+ Boulder
Dyno 101 * Bouldering in… > … > Beach > Dyno 101
 48
V3 6A Boulder
Footless Traverse * Bouldering in… > Swiftwater Boul… > Campus Traverse
 71
V5 6C Boulder
Saber Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 130
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Midway Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 181
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Ground Hog Day February Buttress
 93
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Catapult Castle Rock > Lower Castle
 147
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Canary Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 203
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
South Face, Jello Tower Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 112
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Gun Rack Clem's Holler Area > Clem's Holler
 108
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
The Bone Castle Rock > Lower Castle
 60
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Damnation Crack Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 111
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Angel Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 107
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Brass Balls Castle Rock > Lower Castle
 43
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
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