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Routes in Crane Lake Wall

Enigma Line, The T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Old Milwaukee T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Orange Lichen Line T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Sentinel Pine Left V6 7A
Sentinel Pine Right V4 6B
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Elevation: 1,248 ft
GPS: 48.31, -92.486 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: jeffengel on Oct 6, 2007
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Description [Suggest Change]

On the north west bay of Crane Lake is a wall that is 50'-60' tall and could host about 30 routes. There would be some TR faces and trad leads.

The rock is fairly clean and well featured for climbing. As far as I am aware there is no currently established routes on this wall. It is one of the most accessible areas to get to by boat or canoe.

Just to the south east there is a National park camping area. It is on the west side of the channel that leads to Sandpoint lake.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Boat or canoe from the town of Crane lake to the far north west bay of Crane Lake. The crag is on the east side facing west. It is about 100' in the woods and will be obvious as you get close.

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Sean Wolf
Denver, CO
Sean Wolf   Denver, CO
I went here about three weeks ago in the evening. There is no trail and the bugs were really bad. Probably a better endeavor in the winter. Anyway the wall is super impressive, with tons of opportunity for routes. There is one section that is at least 75 feet tall with an overhung imposing headwall at the top. I hiked around to the top and setup a top-rope on a part of the wall a bit west of this headwall feature. There was a secondary ledge that I rapped down to in order to setup the top rope from. I ended up climbing a shallow right facing corner. It involved lots of lie backing and some finger locks even! Probably about 50 feet long. It went at about 5.10 due to its extremely dirty nature (had to avoid some loose hand holds as well). It was still a lot of fun, but an adventure and one that I definitely wouldn't do again in July. I bought my belayer a case of beer for dealing with the bugs. Does the density of the brush go down signifigantly in the colder months? I'm sure the density of the bugs does :D. Anyway, would be fun to go back to some time, but I would definitely bring a wire brush (or power washer). Jul 24, 2009
This pretty wall could see 5-10 decent new routes in the 5.8 - 5.11 range for whoever is willing to do some cleaning. Possibly some harder routes too but they would likely be one move wonders.

The rock quality is top notch, although with the exception of the already established trad classics Orange Lichen Line and The Enigma Line, most of the cliff is only about 35-50 feet.

An excellent option to visit for those without a passport or powerboat as it's only a 45-60 minute canoe paddle from Nelsons Lodge. Due to the bugs, the best time to visit is mid-August through October. Several campsites are available near the climbing too. Aug 22, 2016

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