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Routes in Rattlesnake Rock

Bite Me T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Drillmeister S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Early Archeologist S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Flying Circus S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Forearm Confusion S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Gangsters T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Monty Python S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rock n' Rattle S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Tubbing at Der Ritterhoff S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Viper Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Zweibles S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
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Description [Suggest Change]

Rattlesnake rock has a number of quality sport routes that are not slab climbs. There's a higher face with somewhat dirty, but fun 5.10 routes and then a lower section with a few harder ones, including the classic Rock n' Rattle (11c).

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Just further North than Castle Rock on Highway 2 by about a quarter-mile is a paved pull-out on the river side. Park there and find a trail entering the woods at the northern end, marked by a cairn. Steep hiking brings you to the crag in about 15 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rattlesnake Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Early Archeologist
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 13
Tubbing at Der Ritterhoff
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 11
Forearm Confusion
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 12
Rock n' Rattle
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 4
Zweibles
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Early Archeologist
 20
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Tubbing at Der Ritterhoff
 13
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Forearm Confusion
 11
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Rock n' Rattle
 12
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Zweibles
 4
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
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Jeff Hebert
Seattle, WA
Jeff Hebert   Seattle, WA
The topo in Kramar's 2010 guide suggests that all of the climbs on the "Sport Wall" start at the same elevation. It sure seemed like there were three climbs that started low down together (Tubbing, Rattle, and Zweibles) on the right and the rest were up on the ledge to the left (towards Piton Tower).

Any better beta out there? May 14, 2012
I posted some general information and specifics about access to belay ledges on the Wenatchee Outdoors website last year . This would be good information for first timers heading up to Rattlesnake. Aug 27, 2014
Jon Nelson
Bellingham, WA
Jon Nelson   Bellingham, WA  
Charles -- do you think you could repost the relevant info here? Aug 27, 2014
ewetzel  
Approach beta: Headed up to this crag yesterday. The trail is very steep and eroded and loose. The 15-min approach time is no longer possible-- some might be able to do it in half an hour.

Our guidebook calls this a great collection of "steep" sport routes. Coming from Red River Gorge style "steep" sport climbing, we were surprised when we saw the actual rock. These routes are mostly vertical, with a few hands free slab-type rests. There is a small gently overhung section at the top. The overhang is by no means the crux-- the thought-provoking slab is. Jul 19, 2015

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