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Elevation: 1,942 ft
GPS: 47.6873, -117.3265
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Shared By: David Stephens on Mar 20, 2007 · Updates
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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

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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.)

103 Total Climbs

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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+ 5+
 7
Chemtrail
Boulder
V3 6A
 18
Tarantula Traverse
Boulder
V8 7B
 6
Smokey On Fire
Boulder
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 30
Main Crack
Trad, TR
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 34
Open Book
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 23
The Diagonal
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 42
Jam Crack
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 23
Black Corner
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 21
Bat Crack
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 68
The Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 34
Heart Route
Trad, Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 35
Don Quixote
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 19
The Prow
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 18
Hot Licks
Trad, Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 19
The Hooker
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Chemtrail UFO Wall
 7
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Tarantula Traverse Other Rocks
 18
V3 6A Boulder
Smokey On Fire Main Wall
 6
V8 7B Boulder
Main Crack Main Wall
 30
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, TR
Open Book Main Wall
 34
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, TR
The Diagonal Main Wall
 23
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Jam Crack Main Wall
 42
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Black Corner Secondary Face
 23
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Bat Crack Main Wall
 21
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Dihedral Main Wall
 68
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Heart Route Main Wall
 34
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport, TR
Don Quixote Don Quixote Face
 35
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
The Prow Secondary Face
 19
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Hot Licks Main Wall
 18
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport
The Hooker Secondary Face
 19
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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