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 with updates from Chris Doll
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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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.
V2-3 5+
 11
Tarantula Traverse
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 3
Maginot Line
Boulder
V5+ 6C+ PG13
 3
Dirk Diggler
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 18
Main Crack
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 16
Open Book
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 14
The Diagonal
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
Jam Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 36
The Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 18
Heart Route
Trad, Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Smokey Overhang
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 23
Don Quixote
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 10
The Prow
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 13
Hot Licks
Trad, Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 12
The Hooker
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Romancing the Stone
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tarantula Traverse Other Rocks
 11
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Maginot Line Main Wall
 3
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Dirk Diggler Lichen Rock
 3
V5+ 6C+ PG13 Boulder
Main Crack Main Wall
 18
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Open Book Main Wall
 16
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
The Diagonal Main Wall
 14
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Jam Crack Main Wall
 21
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Dihedral Main Wall
 36
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Heart Route Main Wall
 18
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport, TR
Smokey Overhang Main Wall
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Don Quixote Don Quixote Face
 23
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
The Prow Secondary Face
 10
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Hot Licks Main Wall
 13
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport
The Hooker Secondary Face
 12
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Romancing the Stone Don Quixote Face
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
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Scott Coldiron
Spokane, WA
Scott Coldiron   Spokane, WA  
DIRECTIONS: 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 main face is obvious from here. Jun 11, 2009
Looking for a climbing partner at Minne in Spokane WA during any morning from July 11 - 15th. Email me, rewireapplications@gmail.com. Thanks! Jul 7, 2014
Hello I'm a portlander coming into town for a project! Looking for a post work climbing partner for April 13 - 17th. Flying into town for work, so packing light. I'll have draws, harness, and climbing shoes.

Email if you want a partner - mzteoh@gmail.com

Cheers,
Melissa =) Apr 9, 2015
Forrest Edwards
Salt Lake city, ut
Forrest Edwards   Salt Lake city, ut
What's the most complete guidebook for the routes in this area? If there is one it'd be nice to have a book in hand when out there! Thanks a lot, new to the area and stoked about the ease of access. Jan 25, 2016
Anthony Sandoval
Newcastle
Anthony Sandoval   Newcastle
Sorry I forgot the name of this guide book. I even bought one, but moved and can't find it yet. Made my purchase last year at Mountain Gear and went to REI to find another to be told it was out of print. Here is the only pic I have of it for Secondary Face which is a nice shady spot to climb on those sunny days.


One other thing, I know it is common to call this park Minnehaha, but it is John C. Shields park named after an officer who I believe was killed in the line of duty. Would be respectful if the name was changed on here. Jun 19, 2016
Did anyone find a pair of Moccasyms here about a month ago? I left mine and would love them back. PM me if you did. Thanks!! Jun 20, 2017
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. May 27, 2018
Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Thanks Steve.
I added this info up above so more people can easily find it. May 31, 2018