The Shield Rock Climbing
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This is a fine (if small) backcountry crag (not actually in the Kettle Valley), located on Forest Service land on Kelly Mountain south of the Kettle Valley. At 4000' elevation it has a slightly alpine feel, remote yet just a 15 minute approach. The rock is excellent slabby granite (the best quality in the whole Okanogan Region), giving a small taste of Yosemite... The grading is all probably a bit hard seeming if you're not comfortable on slabs.
From the Kettle Valley turn up Tonata Creek Rd (FS Rd # 2148). Go 3.7 miles and turn left onto Goodrich Rd (#2149). Continue 4.4 miles and park at the first switch-back. The east facing cliff is visible south along the valley. Head west 100 yards along the north end of the pond ("Goodrich Lake") to reach a dirt road, cross the fence/gate and travel south along a cow trail to the first outcroppings of bedrock. Bushwhack up the slope on the right to reach the base of the crag. The total hike in is a pleasant 10-15 minutes.
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