Hag Crag Rock Climbing
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1) The novel coronavirus and Index residents.
Residents of Index are very concerned about visitors spreading the virus to them. Please be considerate by taking some serious precautions such as
- Be extra safe to greatly reduce the chance of needing a rescue. (Choose partner carefully, just TR routes. Triple-check setups...)
- Do not interact with the people in town or on a trail. (Choose an obscure crag & route. Drive carefully through town.)
- In case the above two precautions fail or you come across someone on a trail or crag, bring a facemask and gloves to wear to prevent spreading the virus from your breath or hands. In lieu of a facemask, a bandana or scarf over the nose and mouth can also reduce the spread of fine droplets from your nose and mouth when you speak. Also, try to keep the 6-foot recommended distance from other people.
2) 2020 Seasonal raptor closure: Our resident pair of Peregrines selected a nest site on the 6th pitch of Sabbra Cadabra this year, similar to 2016 and 2018 nesting seasons. Please do not climb in the area shown here until approximately July 15, 2020. This includes the upper pitches of Sabbra Cadabra, Black Radish, and Hell Bent for Glory.
Every spring, Washington State Parks, WDFW, Access Fund, and Washington Climbers Coalition partner to identify the nest site of Index's Peregrine falcons. Once identified, a spot closure is instituted around the selected nest site through approximately July 15th. Report potential raptor nesting activity to email@example.com. Big thanks to WDFW and the climbers who are assisting with the Index Volunteer Raptor Monitoring Program each year, and to Patagonia & Feathered Friends for additional support of the Newhalem and Index raptor programs!
Relatively few people visit Hag Crag, but there are some good slab routes on this cliff as well as low-angle cracks.
The base of the crag has some huge big-leaf maples, making it shady during summer. This makes it perfect for a busy summer day at Index.
Park in town, walk to the tracks, and follow the train tracks left until you see a trail on the wall side of the tracks with a wooden bridge. Follow this trail to a crest, then go right (left goes to boulders). Reach a large boulder (Midnite), then uphill through some forest and talus for another 5 minutes to a T junction. Head right. Continue for 5-10 minutes, trending right to the base of Private Idaho. The trail traverses along the base of Private Idaho. Traverse to the end of this wall where there is the popular Senior Citizens in Space corner crack. Keep going up and right to the next wall and you are there.
If you miss the turnoff to Private Idaho and instead end up traversing right along the base of Lookout Point (just above Private Idaho), then you will eventually reach a gully. Hag Crag is at the bottom of this gully, just to the right (or left, if you are going down).
Classic Climbing Routes at Hag Crag
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