Cliff Drive Rock Climbing
Routes in Cliff Drive
|5.7ish Project 3 TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Basaltic Lava, The TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Black Lava Flows S,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Bum Camp S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Cave of Ashes S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Fat Lip S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Hobo Surprise S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Humpty Dumpty S,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|In Search of Frozen Magma S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Life Finds a Way S,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Little Engine That Could, The S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Peter Pan S,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Project 1 TR 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b|
|Secrets of Giants S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Seven-up S,TR 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Skipping Stones S,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|So Far Gone S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Tenacious S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Volcanoes Rise Again TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|cinco nueve TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|GPS:||47.647, -117.42 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Scott Coldiron on Jun 20, 2009|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick|
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DescriptionCliff drive is a basalt crag, formed by cooling lava with less than 53% silicon. The lower amount of silicon allows the lava to flow great distances from its source. This dark igneous rock offers a very different climbing experience than the granite typical of the Northwest. Even though the climbs here are short o the city center, and the view from the top of the crag through the trees is beautiful. The Spokane vista spreads out behind you as you climb. This location also offers the perfect climbing experience for the 9 to 5 worker who can't spend the time to drive a long distance to climb after work. The approach from your car is anywhere between 15ft to 100ft in flip-flops.
There are 18 bolted climbs ranging from 5.6 to 5.11, with a healthy concentration of nines and tens. Six quick draws are about all you need to lead these climbs, but if you prefer to top-rope almost every anchor is easy and safe to reach.
The main wall is a few hundred feet West of the popular City Overlook (look for the trail down by the No Parking sign). Just downhill from here is another wall with 3 enjoyable, beginner-friendly slab climbs. The rest of the climbs are scattered to the West of the main wall.
Getting ThereFrom downtown take Stevens St. South. As you drive up the hill stay to your right, toward Bernard St. After the road splits, you'll go under a bridge, which is Cliff Dr. (your objective). Take the next right on Sumner St., drive 1 block then another right on Stevens St. Drive 1 block, turn left on Cliff Dr. and park at the Pioneer Park pullout. Walk west for about 350 ft. to the no parking sign. You are now directly above the crag, look for an obvious steep path in a cleft between the rocks. Turn to your right. You're at the main wall.
Classic Climbing Routes at Cliff Drive
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