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Routes in Prospector Wall

Anything Helps S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Borrowed Time S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Butler Did It, The S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Golden Boy S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Honeypepper S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hors d'Ervish T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Ingenue S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Kissing Bandit S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Leland's Eleven S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Love You Long Time S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Stairstepper S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Elevation: 2,903 ft
GPS: 48.662, -120.531 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Zachary Winters on Mar 4, 2008
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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"Featured edge climbing on mostly vertical limestone (or lime-silicate rock), many of which start from a ledge system offering a slightly exposed feel. Overall, this is a great crag consisting of many routes in the 5.10 range" Ryan Triplett

The cliffs at Prospector tends to be just less than vertical, broken by small roofs that tend to run the width of the cliffs. The rock has been described as sandstone with limestone deposits. Whatever it is, it forms sheer slabs with many square in-cut holds and blocky roofs.

Prospector is in a gorgeous setting and the views down the Methow Valley can't be beat. All of the climbing is S facing, so expect generally warmer temps than Fun Rock and less morning shade than Matrix, though it can catch a nice breeze. If the weather is deteriorating at the Mazama store, there's a good chance it's raining at Prospector.

Getting There

Drive West from the Mazama General Store (Lost River Road) until the road turns to gravel. Continue on this road past the "S curves" until an obvious cliff band is seen on the right side of the road with a scree slope below. Park on the left shoulder just W of the clearing where you can see the cliff. If you travel over the single lane bridge (Robinson Creek), you have gone too far. Please drive SLOWLY, this road gets heinously washboarded.

An approach trail is marked by a cairn, and often a sign in box (please use this).

Follow the trail up to the cliff, which will take you between Nugget and Recess walls.


This page was originally set up by Ryan Triplett on Mar. 4, 2008. Unfortunately, Ryan died later that year. For more info about him, see

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Classic Climbing Routes at Prospector Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ingenue 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Honeypepper 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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Zachary Winters
Mazama, Washington
Zachary Winters   Mazama, Washington
Added "The Butler Did It" between Leland's Eleven and Golden Boy. A worthy route that is clean and pretty safe, despite '08 guidebook description. Oct 10, 2016
Ken Soo  
Route Juggernaut shares the anchors with the line next to it (Rainwater) but it is not very obvious from the top of Juggernaut, would recommend finding the anchor before climbing. Jul 4, 2016
The route Juggernaut on Recess Wall is NOT 6 bolts, I could not find the anchors and did not have enough draws to continue to the top. I was using the old Mazama guidebook. Jun 13, 2016
Many of the routes towards the right end of the crag are wet in early season. That said, there are still plenty to choose from. The crag is good for cooler days and can be pretty miserable on warm, sunny days. May 30, 2016
David Stephens
Superior AZ
David Stephens   Superior AZ
This is not limestone...but lime-silicate rock. Jun 5, 2012

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