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Shared By: David Stephens on Feb 4, 2006 with updates from Shane Collins
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The state park's Discover Pass is now needed.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW: It only takes a few things to ruin a good day of climbing. The main ones are mosquitoes, thieves and Park Rangers. In the summer months they are all out in force! The mosquitoes are at their worst in June and July, but the thieves and Rangers can be out any time! There are some things we can do that work; bug juice for the mosquitoes, leave nothing in your car for the Thieves and common sense for the Rangers. They all have jobs to do, just do not let them do their jobs on you!

CLIMBING SEASON: April through October is in general the best time of the year for climbing. Although routes have been sent in February, April and May are the nicest June, July and August are the hottest. Then September and October are great again, but most all the climbs face east or west, so with the time of the day using the sun or the shade, you can adjust the temperature.

Getting There

HOW TO GET THERE: Just after the town of Nine Mile Falls take a left at the bridge, over the river on Charles road (mile marker 9.5 on highway 291). The Riverside State PaIks Headquarters' are on your left (0 miles) then take a right on South Banks Road (4.2miles).
The road starts out as pavement then turns to good dirt (12 miles). The road will split and parallel itself, stay to the left (many private driveways) the two roads join back up as one lane rough dirt road (12.5 miles). Then you should see an Entering Riverside Sate PaIks sign on your right (12.8miles). At 13.25 miles past the Ranger Station you will see on your left a sign reading "Fisk Day Use Area" to the right The road dead-ends at The Parking Lot. (13.5miles).

PARKING: Riverside State Park has made a parking lot at mile 13.5 at the white gate. However, the "Parking Lot" works like a trap for the thieves that prey on the cars that wander in. Keep in mind that thieves can break into your car no matter where you park it, and the State Park also reminds us that and they have rules. We did discover that it's easier to give out parking tickets than it is too catch Thieves. (The climb Twenty-four Dollars Day comes from the three 24 dollar Parking Tickets we got on one day.) Instead we park by the "Fisk Day Use Area" sign (13 .25 miles) at the intersection where you make the right turn off the main road. Alternatively, you can go left .25 of a mile farther on the main road. There are a few places you can pull off. Just make sure you park off the main road but not too far off (the reason for the tickets) the main road. Also watch out for the private drive.

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Luke Stefurak
Seattle, WA
Luke Stefurak   Seattle, WA
Being from western washington I find the directions a bit hard to follow? Would they make sense to a spokane local? Regardless looks pretty sweet dude! Feb 14, 2006
David Stephens
Superior AZ/Spokane WA
David Stephens   Superior AZ/Spokane WA
I hope it's been helpful, it's the same beta I have been giving out for a few years now. But the parking is not the hard part, it's finding the climbs your first time out that eats up your time for climbing. It helps to have a friend that knows there way around the crag.
Happy Climbing David Feb 16, 2006
L Erikson
Boulder, Colroado
L Erikson   Boulder, Colroado
I grew up just a few miles from here and didn't even know that this existed!
From the bridge over the dam, do not take a left and head up towards the park, instead continue many many miles past the Nine Mile Falls Elementary.

Once you find the trailhead- From the parking lot, climb under the fence and head in the opposite direction that the main trail goes (head away from the river). You will go up a short hill and the road curves to the right. Follow the trail to the left to go back around the rocks OR cut through to the right on one of the side trails that cuts right.

BRING BUG SPRAY. There are a ton of mosquitos during the spring and especially as there is standing water nearby.

I'm honored to have this awesome site near my home. Short pitches but great granite. Jul 17, 2017
Kelty Godby
Spokane, WA
Kelty Godby   Spokane, WA
McLellan is undergoing some sort of major expansion/construction project. The road has been closed for several months. If someone has details on an estimated completion date, or access while under construction, myself and others would appreciate the details! Apr 1, 2018
William Holmquist
spokane WA
William Holmquist   spokane WA
I tried accessing mclellan from the NE on south banks Rd and it was blocked due to construction. I am told there is access from the SW. May 9, 2018
David Stephens
Superior AZ/Spokane WA
David Stephens   Superior AZ/Spokane WA
The road is closed at both ends. And I've talked with the Rangers, they said that the road should be open this fall. The mosquitoes are really bad right now anyway. But if you would like to get out there and go climbing park at the Road Closed sign and and hike on in. Jun 21, 2018
David Stephens
Superior AZ/Spokane WA
David Stephens   Superior AZ/Spokane WA
The Construction on the parking lot and Road is finished. Be careful about parking in the new lot and leaving things in your car! They have been breaking into cars for years. Oct 19, 2018