Elevation: 1,634 ft
GPS: 47.883, -119.092 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Lacey LaDuke on Oct 4, 2008 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

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 excellent. 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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Classic Climbing Routes at Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
WI4
 3
The Absent Minded Professor
Trad, TR, Ice, Alpine 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Creamsicle Buttress
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Seam-iotics
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 20
Red Arete
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Bassomatic
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 15
Heart of Stone
Sport 5 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 19
Dr. Ceuse
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Prime Cut
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Tom Thumbs Blues
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 14
How Homer Got His Groove
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 8
Land of a Thousand Stances
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 10
Flower Power
Sport, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 6
Flight from Urushiol
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Young Lions
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 6
Baptism by Whipper
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Absent Minded Professor Absent Minded Professor
 3
WI4 Trad, TR, Ice, Alpine 5 pitches
Creamsicle Buttress Rd Side Rock
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Seam-iotics Post Modern Wall
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Red Arete Rd Side Rock
 20
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Bassomatic Bastion
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Heart of Stone Orange Wall
 15
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 5 pitches
Dr. Ceuse Picnic Table Rock
 19
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Prime Cut Prime Cut Area
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tom Thumbs Blues Rd Side Rock
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
How Homer Got His Groove Gibralter Rocks
 14
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Land of a Thousand Stances Rd Side Rock
 8
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Flower Power Rd Side Rock
 10
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
Flight from Urushiol Gibralter Rocks
 6
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Young Lions Rd Side Rock
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Baptism by Whipper Gibralter Rocks
 6
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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