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Areas in Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon

Bastion, The 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Devils Punch Bowl Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Gibralter Rocks 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Golf Course Crags 1 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Jones Bay 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Orange Wall 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Picnic Table Rock 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Post Modern Wall 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Prime Cut Area 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Road Side Rock 1 / 31 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 32
Steamboat Rock State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Elevation: 1,634 ft
GPS: 47.883, -119.092 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Lacey LaDuke on Oct 4, 2008
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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Description

Hot in the summer, great in the spring and fall. It can be a bit windy at times. Generally the rocks are not crowded.
The rock is granite and a bit crumbly. Watch for loose holds and bring your tape as it can be hard on the hands!

Also for those of you with bee allergies bring your Epi-Pen the bees can be pretty thick and sometimes nest in the flakes on some of the routes. We especially noticed this at Roadside Rock and a bit in the sunny parts of Northrup Canyon.

Bring your bouldering pad there are countless problems for any level of climber. The problems are only limited by your own imagination.

There are numerous trad routes and several well protected sport routes. There aren't many opportunities to set up top ropes.

Camp at Jones Bay to be right by the boulders, or Steamboat Rock state park. Other nearby camping options include Sunbanks Resort and Osborn Bay. Free camping (in an area that does NOT allow campfires) can be found by going down the road ACROSS from the road into Osborn Bay.

There are also several seedy looking hotels/motels in and around Electric City (3 Miles away) and Grand Coulee (5 Miles)

Getting There

From Spokane - Take highway 2 to Electric City (Just past the Grand Coulee Dam) and go about 3 miles further until you see the granite all over the place.

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Neal B  
Shane j Collins that was an AWESOME video. Very unexpectedly great. You had me slightly nauseated at first, then stoked, up to pumped, and left me laughing/smiling at the end. Bravo

Hidden in Plain View-Bouldering Banks Lake

Superb Jul 13, 2017
Jon Nelson
Bellingham, WA
Jon Nelson   Bellingham, WA  
Nice job on that video Shane. It was fun to watch. Apr 7, 2015
If you are going to climb Dr. Ceuse at Picnic Table Wall, watch out for the Great Horned Owl in the chimney... Apr 7, 2015
shanejcollins Collins   Washington
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