Elevation: 2,512 ft
GPS: 46.686, -120.942 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: andyf on Mar 11, 2007
Admins: Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

Description

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

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.

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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.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Recreational Jugs
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Age of Consent
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 14
Cave Walk
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Finger Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
The Riddler
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 9
Stone Embrace
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 6
Bloody Foreheads
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
Relics
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Unknown 7
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Children of Chaos
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Childhood Injury
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 12
Aboriginal Design
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Arid Reaches
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 4
Mass Wasting
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Trigger Finger
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Recreational Jugs Oak Wall
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Age of Consent Mark's Wall
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Cave Walk Mark's Wall
 14
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Finger Crack Mark's Wall
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The Riddler Mark's Wall
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Stone Embrace Mark's Wall
 9
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Bloody Foreheads Oak Wall
 6
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Relics Middle Wall
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Unknown 7 Middle Wall
 5
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Children of Chaos Mark's Wall
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Childhood Injury Mark's Wall
 3
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Aboriginal Design Middle Wall
 12
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Arid Reaches Mark's Wall
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Mass Wasting Middle Wall
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Trigger Finger Oak Wall
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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