Elevation: 1,942 ft
GPS: 47.687, -117.327 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: David Stephens on Mar 20, 2007 · Updates
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

Description

This Crag has it all...sunny, shady, crowded and secluded. Just pick the day of the week and the time of day then live with what you get. It's a nice crag and worth a stop by on a Tuesday! The rock is granite and there are over 70 route! All routes can be top roped.

Getting There

From I-90 take exit 283 B (Freya St/Thor St) go North on Freya St, drive 2.4 mi. Take a right on Euclid Ave. and drive 1.9 mi. Euclid will turn into E. Upriver Dr. Look for John H. Shields Park on the left just after the road begins following the Spokane River. The large wall facing the river is Main Wall.

Namining and History of the Area

Most current guidebook is Marty Bland's Inland Northwest Rock Climbs (2001), pictured in Anthony Sandoval's post above. The rocks are called Minnehaha Rocks, and the park here is called John Shields Park: 2 different things. So technically, Minnehaha Rocks at or in John Shields Park is most accurate. The rocks have historically been called Minnehaha Rocks since the 1930s or before, due to its proximity to the Minnehaha neighborhood with its own Minnehaha Park to the west. Property for Shields Park and Minnehaha Rocks was purchased by the climbing community (including the Spokane Mountaineers and outdoor shop Mountain Gear) and Spokane County Parks in 1986 from the widow of John Shields, who graciously sold her property to be used as a park in the name of her deceased husband, instead of selling to a developer. After purchase was made, we discovered that the main wall and rocks to the west were on Spokane City-owned land. So the park became a jointly owned and managed Spokane City-Spokane County park.    (From Steve Reynolds's comment below.)

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Classic Climbing Routes at Minnehaha

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1+ 5
 5
Chemtrail
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 4
Huge Georgebanks
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 16
Tarantula Traverse
Boulder
V5+ 6C+ PG13
 5
Dirk Diggler
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
Smokey On Fire
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 23
Main Crack
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 24
Open Book
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 30
Jam Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 16
Bat Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 49
The Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 24
Heart Route
Trad, Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 30
Don Quixote
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 13
The Prow
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 17
Hot Licks
Trad, Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 15
The Hooker
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Chemtrail UFO Wall
 5
V1+ 5 Boulder
Huge Georgebanks Main Wall
 4
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Tarantula Traverse Other Rocks
 16
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Dirk Diggler Lichen Rock
 5
V5+ 6C+ PG13 Boulder
Smokey On Fire Main Wall
 3
V8 7B Boulder
Main Crack Main Wall
 23
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Open Book Main Wall
 24
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
Jam Crack Main Wall
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Bat Crack Main Wall
 16
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Dihedral Main Wall
 49
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Heart Route Main Wall
 24
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport, TR
Don Quixote Don Quixote Face
 30
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
The Prow Secondary Face
 13
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Hot Licks Main Wall
 17
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport
The Hooker Secondary Face
 15
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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