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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 / 32 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 33
Steamboat Rock State Park 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0

Description [Edit]

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 [Edit]

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.
WI2-3
 5
Devils Punch Bowl
Ice
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 3
Soup's On
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Carrot Top
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Washington Pass
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 10
Red Arete
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Seam-iotics
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Rashomon
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Bassomatic
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Paparazzi
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 11
Heart of Stone
Sport 5 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Dr. Ceuse
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Prime Cut
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
How Homer Got His Groove
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Baptism by Whipper
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Devils Punch Bowl Devils Punch Bowl Area
 5
WI2-3 Ice
Soup's On Post Modern Wall
 3
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Carrot Top Rd Side Rock
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Washington Pass Rd Side Rock
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Red Arete Rd Side Rock
 10
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Seam-iotics Post Modern Wall
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Rashomon Rd Side Rock
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Bassomatic Bastion
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Paparazzi Post Modern Wall
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Heart of Stone Orange Wall
 11
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 5 pitches
Dr. Ceuse Picnic Table Rock
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Prime Cut Prime Cut Area
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
How Homer Got His Groove Gibralter Rocks
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Baptism by Whipper Gibralter Rocks
 3
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Shane Collins
Washington
Shane Collins   Washington
vimeo.com/123700754 Mar 31, 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
Jon Nelson
Bellingham, WA
Jon Nelson   Bellingham, WA  
Nice job on that video Shane. It was fun to watch. Apr 7, 2015
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

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