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Elevation: 1,983 ft 604 m
GPS: 46.71777, -120.82976
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Originally dubbed "The Crackhouse," the Bend is a small paradise for 5.10 tradsters. There are scores of fine finger and hand cracks, including some two-pitch routes. There are only a few sport routes, although one of them (Tragically Hip, 5.11c) is one of the best pure arete liebacking routes in the state.

Somewhat remarkably, the Bend was ignored for years by Tieton climbers. The first recorded exploration didn't happen until 1987. Most of the 70 or so routes were developed in a two-year flurry that followed.

Getting There Suggest change

About a mile west of the Royal Columns, perched above a bend of the river.

Park in a gravel lot next to a metal Quonset hut (Discover Pass required), or on the shoulder of the highway if you don't have a Discover Pass. From the parking area, follow an obvious trail west to a suspension footbridge over the Tieton River, then turn left on the Tieton Nature Trail. After a short distance, take a right fork up to the cliff.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Bend

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 45
Eat a Peach
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 94
Ed's Jam
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 42
Tiers
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 45
Hallowed Ground
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 45
MX
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 32
Salmon Song
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 36
Treatment Bound
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 45
Reckoning
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 14
Seizure
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 51
Pure Joy
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Winds of Change
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 32
Living for the City
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 13
C.I.A. (Central Inquisition of A…
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 15
Tragically Hip
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 9
Community Project
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Eat a Peach Bend North
 45
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Ed's Jam Bend Center
 94
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Tiers Bend West
 42
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Hallowed Ground Bend West
 45
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
MX Bend Center
 45
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Salmon Song Bend West
 32
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Treatment Bound Bend West
 36
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Reckoning Bend West
 45
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Seizure Bend Center
 14
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Pure Joy Bend West
 51
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Winds of Change Bend North
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Living for the City Bend North
 32
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
C.I.A. (Central Inquisition… Bend West
 13
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Tragically Hip Bend West
 15
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Community Project Bend Center
 9
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
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