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+
 26
Royal Flush
Boulder
V2 5+
 65
The Fin
Boulder
V3 6A
 35
Dyno 101
Boulder
V5 6C
 53
Footless Traverse
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 105
Saber
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 139
Midway
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 47
Midway Direct
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 65
Ground Hog Day
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 115
Catapult
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 171
Canary
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 90
South Face, Jello Tower
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 91
Gun Rack
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 49
The Bone
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 89
Damnation Crack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 89
Angel
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Royal Flush * Bouldering in… > Swiftwater Boul… > Royal Flush
 26
V2 5+ Boulder
The Fin * Bouldering in… > Beach & Forest… > Forest
 65
V2 5+ Boulder
Dyno 101 * Bouldering in… > Impossible-to-find pr…
 35
V3 6A Boulder
Footless Traverse * Bouldering in… > Swiftwater Boul… > Campus Traverse
 53
V5 6C Boulder
Saber Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 105
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Midway Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 139
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Midway Direct Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 47
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Ground Hog Day February Buttress
 65
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Catapult Castle Rock > Lower Castle
 115
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Canary Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 171
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
South Face, Jello Tower Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 90
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Gun Rack Clem's Holler Area > Clem's Holler
 91
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
The Bone Castle Rock > Lower Castle
 49
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Damnation Crack Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 89
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Angel Castle Rock > Upper Castle
 89
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