Sinlahekin Valley (Loomis) Rock Climbing
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DescriptionWest of Tonasket and parallel to the Okanogan Valley, running north/south from Fish Lake to Loomis is the remote feeling Sinlahekin Valley. The granite along the east side of the valley is excellent quality in places, and the main climbing potential is centered around the 300+' tall West Face crag. The valley floor lands are managed by the WA State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and so parking requires a yellow Discover Pass.
- Note the "West Face" crag on the east side of the valley is NOT a family (small children) or pet friendly area due to the boulder field approach. The whole area is somewhat wild, so helmets are advised. Expect to meet rattle snakes from April to October.
- Note to all climbers, although this is a remote feeling crag it is also easily accessible to a wide range of other users (such as campers, hikers and hunters), so please do your best to minimize your impact and presence; pack it in-pack it out, and leave no trace. Potential route developers, please respect local etiquette, avoid bolting when gear would do, make any permanent anchors (bolts or top anchors) camouflaged, use stainless steel hardware as much as possible and don't mix your metals. Any comments and input on existing or new routes is much appreciated.
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Getting ThereAbout 13 miles south of Loomis or 22 miles from Tonasket via the southern route - 12.1 miles from Hwy 97 at the South Pine Creek turnoff. At the turnoff to Conconully and Fish Lake (after the road becomes gravel) continue north for 2.3 miles towards Loomis and park when the cliffs are visible on the right (0.5 miles after the small camp ground on the right).
A less than 5 minute walk gets you to the base of the huge boulder field, with another 15-30 minute scramble (PG13 3rd Class) to the base of the cliffs.
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