The Diamond Area 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!
1) Hike the Upper Wall trail, then follow the trail right along the base of the Cheeks. Cross the gully to the Diamond.
2) Hike up to Duck Wall at Lookout Point, then either do a route to its top or follow the gully on its left side. This gully generally has water rushing down until mid-summer, but one can skirt along its right edge at the bottom, then cross to the left side midway up. As of January 2017, there is a fixed line to help keep you stable on the wet rock steps (Thanks to Derek P.)
3) Hike to the top of Lookout Point, then skirt left (southwest) along the top of Lookout Point and Duck Wall.
Early in spring when the gully is full of water, route 1) is probably best for the Diamond; otherwise taking the gully in 2) is easier and faster.
But for the Collegium, route 3) is probably fastest at all times of year.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Diamond Area
Days w Precip