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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
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Elevation: 2,175 ft
GPS: 47.647, -117.42 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Scott Coldiron on Jun 20, 2009 with updates
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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Cliff 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 There

From 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.

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Bower Climbing Coalition   Spokane, WA
Bomber glue-in anchors installed July 2017 at the top of the routes on the main wall to easily and safely clip to when setting up a top rope. Jul 18, 2017
Trevin Spencer
Spokane, WA
Trevin Spencer   Spokane, WA
ROUTE UPDATE (Oct 2016):
All TR anchors that needed it have been replaced with new chains and new hangers have been added to all of the routes that had been missing them in the past. Plus ALL old routes to the west of the main wall have been opened back up with new hangers, as well as the secondary rock to the north of the main wall! They all just need to be climbed! **NO extra bolts were added, just new hangers. If you want to help keep Cliff clean, please bring a trash bag when you go climbing and pick up a few pieces of garbage, this will always be an ongoing choir. Thanks!

You can now park legally 50 feet to the west of the access point on Cliff Drive right above the crag. Legal hours are between 7am and 7pm everyday. Just park west of this parking sign.

Oct 11, 2016
Eric Roe
Eric Roe   Cheney
The main pull out parking is no longer usable, the city moved the boulders that fenced the cliff edge up to the road. Probably due to the rich pricks that live in the area wanting to shut down the best make out spot in the city. You can park on some of the side streets, but there are restrictions for certain times of the day. Sep 23, 2016
Conor Felletter
Boulder, Colorado
Conor Felletter   Boulder, Colorado
The climbs on the main wall were worthwhile but be sure to check carefully for
missing hangers and bolts if you are leading. Passing through for only one day we enjoyed this crag and found the local climbing community to be very welcoming. Aug 10, 2014
Sean O'Brien
Spokane, Washington
Sean O'Brien   Spokane, Washington
Some of the beta is outdated. Many hangers and anchors have been pulled down. Man wall is fairly complete. Routes to the west of the access ramp are pretty much undoable. Also, one of the shorter routes on the secondary are just to the north has been robbed of a few hangers. May 6, 2014

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