Elevation: 4,830 ft
GPS: 46.327, -121.924 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brenden Sullivan on Jul 30, 2014
Admins: Nate Ball, Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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Description

Pinto Rock is a welded tuff-breccia formation rising up to 400 feet tall. The cliff walls are heavily studded with knobs ranging from small pebbles to large blocks. Originally, most of the routes here were protected by the knobs which can be somewhat securely hitched with runners or slings while the more recent routes have been protected by the use of bolts. There are also several mixed routes combining the two disciplines, so even if the bolts look good from the ground, its always a good idea to have an extra couple of slings just in case. The southwest buttress is the tallest aspect, both of its east and west faces are quite long, and there is a deep gully/walk-through that separates the northern section. At 5,123 feet the position of the crag is very prominent to its surroundings offering a high elevation/alpine feel - not to mention a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Adams, Hood, St. Helens and Rainier!

Getting There

From Randle, WA (Hwy 12) head South on 131, keep right and follow NF-25 for 19.2 miles. After mile post 21, turn Left at sign for Mosquito Meadows, follow NF-28 for 2.7 miles, and then another left onto NF-77. This road is rough, so go slow, and continue on NF-77 for about 2 miles until Pinto Rock appears out of nowhere. Keep driving to the big pullout and the main trail will be clearly visible. This trail traverses the entire formation and leads to the Rodeo Wall.

From the Portland area, head north on I-5 to Woodland, WA. Take Exit 21 and drive the WA-503 East for 32.5 miles. Continue on Rd-90 for 2.7 miles, NF-90 for 9.2 miles, and Hyw-90 for another 2.7 miles before the road finally turns into NF-25. Follow the 25 for 22.9 miles and turn Right onto NF-28.

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