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Elevation: 2,512 ft
GPS: 46.68604, -120.94167
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Shared By: andyf on Mar 11, 2007
Admins: Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Zachary Winters

Description Suggest change

Located about midway up the Tieton River Canyon, the Cave has close to 50 routes, nearly all of them sport climbs. The highlight is the Middle Wall, a 100-foot face of blocky, sometimes overhanging entablature rock chock full of 5.11s. The Middle Wall is flanked on either side by lower (~ 40 foot) columns, with Mark's Wall on the left and the Oak Wall on the right.

The Oak Wall and Middle Wall face southeast and get morning sun, coming into the shade in early afternoon in summer. Winter climbing at the Cave is often possible (with the sun staying on the crag longer than in summer), although Mark's Wall can be windy.

The crag's name might seem puzzling, since there's no apparent cave anywhere at the cliff. The name comes from a cave on the far left (west) end of the formation, out of sight and beyond all the established routes. It's not a climbing feature. If you explore, don't be surprised if a raven suddenly explodes from a dark recess and you whap your head on the ceiling.

Getting There Suggest change

Heading west on Highway 12, pass the twin bridges over the Tieton at Windy Point. After rounding a rightward bend and coming upon a slow vehicle lane (around MP 175), look up the hill to the right for the crag. Turn left into a gravel parking area directly below the crag, just before another rightward bend in the highway. (There's dirtbag camping by the river here.)

A trail begins directly across the highway from the parking area, reaching the crag at Mark's Wall.

37 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 20
Recreational Jugs
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 29
Age of Consent
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Cave Walk
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 11
Finger Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
The Riddler
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 12
Stone Embrace
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 10
Bloody Foreheads
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Relics
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
Unknown 7
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Childhood Injury
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 5
Unknown
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 15
Aboriginal Design
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Arid Reaches
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 5
Mass Wasting
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 6
Trigger Finger
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Recreational Jugs Oak Wall
 20
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Age of Consent Mark's Wall
 29
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Cave Walk Mark's Wall
 20
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Finger Crack Mark's Wall
 11
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The Riddler Mark's Wall
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Stone Embrace Mark's Wall
 12
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Bloody Foreheads Oak Wall
 10
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Relics Middle Wall
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Unknown 7 Middle Wall
 5
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Childhood Injury Mark's Wall
 4
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Unknown Oak Wall
 5
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Aboriginal Design Middle Wall
 15
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Arid Reaches Mark's Wall
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Mass Wasting Middle Wall
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Trigger Finger Oak Wall
 6
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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