Elevation: 3,500 ft
GPS: 46.67, -121.119 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: andyf on Jun 3, 2007
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Description

Lava Point is a fun crag with a bevy of well-bolted 5.10 and 5.11 sport routes. Unlike most Tieton crags, the rock at Lava Point is olivine basalt, not andesite. Most routes are vertical to gently overhanging. The rock has a great texture and mixes in edges, slopers and jugs with occasional vesicular (gas) pockets. It is similar to Riverview Park at Frenchman Coulee, only taller and better.

Lava Point can get hot in the summer, but you can chase shade for most of the day. The Dream Wall stays shaded in the morning, and the Lava Wall catches shade in mid to late afternoon. In low snow years, the crag can open up as early as February.

The crag has a great view of Rimrock Lake and the upper Tieton basin. Turkey vultures often circle above the crag.

Getting There

Lava Point is just east of the Rimrock Lake dam, above the confluence of Wildcat Creek and the Tieton River.

From Highway 12, turn right (if heading west) or left (if heading east) onto Soup Creek Road, FS # 1305. The road is just west of the major Tieton Road turnoff used to reach the east end of Rimrock Lake.

Follow Soup Creek Road, staying left at all possible turns (except for one gated road). You will end up on FS # 344; drive this to the end. Park on the shoulder, leaving room at the end for others to turn around. A rutted four-wheel track continues into the woods, but please don't drive this. The track leads into a beautiful, fragile meadow area that should be preserved.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lava Point

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Lost Socks and Puppy Bites
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
B weir of the Dead
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 27
Artificially Insteminated
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 23
Ring of Fire
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 22
Lava Sundae
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 15
Lavaland Variation
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 27
Saint Of Circumstance
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 12
Fit to be Tie Dyed
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 11
Muted reality
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Tim's Route
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Altamont
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 3
Igneous Journey
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 4
Lahar
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lost Socks and Puppy Bites Dream Wall
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
B weir of the Dead Lava Wall/Deadheads
 15
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Artificially Insteminated Lava Wall/Deadheads
 27
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Ring of Fire Dream Wall
 23
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Lava Sundae Dream Wall
 22
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Lavaland Variation Lava Wall/Deadheads
 15
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Saint Of Circumstance Lava Wall/Deadheads
 27
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Fit to be Tie Dyed Lava Wall/Deadheads
 12
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Muted reality Lava Wall/Deadheads
 11
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Tim's Route Lava Wall/Deadheads
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Altamont Lava Wall/Deadheads
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Igneous Journey Lava Wall/Deadheads
 3
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Lahar Lava Wall/Deadheads
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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As of 5/1/17 there is an active beehive on the route sharing an achor with the farthest west 5.9. It's about half way up. Route is near where ramp is narrowest. Sorry I don't now the name Apr 30, 2017
Chelsea Tatum
Seattle, Washington
Chelsea Tatum   Seattle, Washington
Went up this past weekend and there is a large tree down across Soap Creek Road maybe a mile up with no way of driving around it. Feb 7, 2018
Tree across Soap Creek Rd. has been cleared, full access is available to the end of FS #344 Jun 11, 2018