Elevation: 694 ft
GPS: 46.037, -118.935 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kemper Brightman on May 15, 2014 · Updates
Admins: Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

Description

Wallula Gap or perhaps more appropriately, "The Loo", is a pair of basalt cliff bands perched above the Columbia River a few hundred meters off the side of Highway 730. The climbs here are short, sometimes chossy and often one-move-wonders. Still, people stop by on the way to or from Portland just to stretch their legs, local college students come out to blow off steam after class or spend a lazy Sunday on the rock and locals stop by to put down a few routes after work.

Currently there are 38 routes on the lower cliff, with possibility for a few more. Theres a mix of trad and sport lines ranging from 5.3 to 5.11. Conveniently, many of the trad lines share anchors with sport climbs, or are accessible from the top. Thus, a rack is not necessary, but can be worth while if you want to mix things up. Inset bolts at the top of the cliff can be used to set up TR's if you have long webbing and don't want to lead. Most routes are between 20 and 35 feet long, so you can leave the 70m rope at home.

The upper cliff hosts about twenty routes from 5.4 to 5.10+ on extremely fractured basalt entablature. There is potential for many more routes on this second cliff but intensive cleaning (understatement) is required. Those willing to make the longer approach and pull thoughtfully are rewarded with 60ft routes high above the Columbia.

Weather

When it comes to weather, the gap is almost always better than walla walla. ItÂ’s not uncommon to leave Walla Walla in the rain or inversion and climb in direct sun at wallula. The west aspect of the cliff makes The Loo a perfect candidate for the sunset session on a clear afternoon. This orientation also means the area remains climbable (for the hardy) throughout the year, summer mornings and winter afternoons are the way to go if you just need to scratch the itch for real rock. The one thing that can really blow your day at wallula is the wind. Anything above 20 mph will make it hard to communicate with your belayer (even though you can practically touch them).

Getting There

From Walla Walla, Drive west on HWY. 12 to intersection with HWY. 730. Continue onto HWY. 730 for about two miles untill the road starts heading due south. Pulloff on west side of road between Two Sisters and Walla Walla Yacht Club (Port Kelly). It's an easier hike to the lower cliff if you drive past the first small pullout and park in the next (farther south) pullout which is much bigger. The hike in from the 2nd pullout, which diagonals across the slope rather than going straight up, is slightly longer but causes much less erosion.

Printable Guide

A Printable PDF guide to the lower cliff can be found HERE

*For best results print double sided and staple into a book

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Classic Climbing Routes at Wallula Gap

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 4
Room With a View
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
Rump Roast
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 20
I'm Pro Choss and I Bolt
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 16
Mafic Wave
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Opening Line
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 18
The Mundercling
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Basalternative Facts
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 10
Feelin 22
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Butterflies and Bud Lights
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Wallulove
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 18
Taqueria Dreams
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 15
Loess Without You
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 4
Lovin' on the Run
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 20
Red Planet (AKA The Sit Clip)
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 14
The Martini
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Room With a View Upper Band
 4
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Rump Roast Lower Band
 9
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
I'm Pro Choss and I Bolt Lower Band
 20
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Mafic Wave Lower Band
 16
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Opening Line Lower Band
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
The Mundercling Lower Band
 18
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Basalternative Facts Upper Band
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Feelin 22 Lower Band
 10
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Butterflies and Bud Lights Lower Band
 5
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Wallulove Lower Band
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Taqueria Dreams Lower Band
 18
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Loess Without You Lower Band
 15
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lovin' on the Run Lower Band
 4
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Red Planet (AKA The Sit Clip) Lower Band
 20
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
The Martini Lower Band
 14
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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