Elevation: 1,942 ft
GPS: 47.545, -120.729 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: ScottH on Oct 5, 2006
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Description

Clamshell Cave hosts a variety of moderate climbs, including some enjoyable moderate cracks. Most of the lines are either trad lines or require trad gear. It is easily possible to toprope most of the lines by scrambling around the right side of the crag. Most routes end at bolted anchors. The hangers on the anchors seem to come and go, a definite nuisance since options for gear at the top of the crag aren't great. Be prepared to use the anchor on a neighboring route.

Getting There

Park 5.4 miles up Icicle creek canyon and look for a trail on the north side of the road. A well travelled and sometimes braided trail reaches the base of the crag in 10-15 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Clamshell Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 32
Noisy Oyster
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 37
Clamshell Crack
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Keep Clam
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 19
Forty-Four Fifty
Trad, Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 12
GRTC
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 9
Stolen Thunder
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Noisy Oyster
 32
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Clamshell Crack
 37
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Keep Clam
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Forty-Four Fifty
 19
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
GRTC
 12
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Stolen Thunder
 9
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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ScottH  
The anchors on this crag have hangers, but (strangely) no quicklinks for lowering. I have seen ropes get stuck when people attempt to pull them after rappelling, necessitating a hike around to the top of the crag. If anyone is so inclined, adding quicklinks to the anchors would be a nice improvement to the area. Jun 21, 2007
James Pierson
Bellingham, Washington
James Pierson   Bellingham, Washington
Does anyone know the name of the small crag below Clamshell Cave? You walk around the right of it then up around the back of it before making that final turn up to Clamshell.

There are a few bolted anchors at the top of the crag with some short crack lines on the left and few longer lines to the middle-right. There is a big pine tree at the base on the middle-right (yeah, I know - big pine tree at the base of the crag, that'll really narrow things down). May 31, 2017