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Routes in Puzzle Palace

Cryptogram S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Perplexus S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Piece of the Puzzle S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rubik's Cube S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Thing-a-ma-bob S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Thing-a-ma-jig T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Elevation: 2,206 ft
GPS: 47.592, -120.686 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: ScottH on May 7, 2006
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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Puzzle Palace is currently home to 3 fully bolted routes of good quality. There is some potential here for new development. The crag faces west, high in Tumwater canyon and provides interesting climbing on highly textured, sharp rock. This crag seems lightly traveled-- you won't find yourself connecting strings of chalked holds here. As a consequence, there is some small loose stuff around most of the routes. It is not a bad idea to wear a helmet while climbing and belaying at this crag.

Getting There

To get to Puzzle Palace, head right on the trail from Clem's Holler towards the Nut House. When you get to the large gully before the Nut House head up, staying to the left of a rocky rib. It is a fair climb up to the base of the crag, perhaps 10-15 minutes from the Nut House.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Puzzle Palace

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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Rubik's Cube
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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C Hopwood
Salt Lake City, UT
C Hopwood   Salt Lake City, UT
These routes were great! The approach for this crag seemed like a real sandbag in the guidebook. My partner and I clocked it at just over 1.3 miles from the trailhead and the scramble up the gully from The Nuthouse is brutal. It took us just under an hour to descend back to the car. On the bright side, we had the crag all to ourselves on Labor Day Weekend. Sep 3, 2012
Jason Albino
San Francisco, CA
Jason Albino   San Francisco, CA
There's a good 5 bolted lines here, actually, as of June 2012. I agree in terms of the sandbagged approach, though it took us more like 20-25 arduous minutes from Clem's Holler. It's a steep hike, but the main challenge is how consistently loose the "trail" is. It's fine if you take your time, but please take care not to slip! Don't miss Perplexus once you get there - outstanding! Apr 20, 2013
Brutal approach but it meant we had the whole spot to ourselves this past weekend. Perfect for a group of folks getting comfortable on lead and really, watch the loose dirt. If you're being belayed off the route the most hazardous part of the entire day might be scrambling back up to your partner. Nice and shady and pretty protected from the light drizzle that started up. All in all, well worth the haul. It's solid, fun stuff. May 14, 2013
Phil Chi
Bend, OR
Phil Chi   Bend, OR
At least 5 bolted lines now. Not sure what the one on the far right of the crag is. Harder than the others but dirty and needs more traffic to clean up. Hard hike but worth it, extra sandbag points when you bring a full rack, 4 liters of water, and forget that you have 3 guidebooks in your pack. Jun 2, 2013
Agree about the difficult approach from Clem's Holler. There are boulders you have to scramble over at a couple points on the trail. We didn't notice and spent half an hour off trail by accident. Look for small cairns that indicate which direction you need to go. Sep 24, 2017

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