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Epic Tail of Sir Norbert, The T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Excalibur T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Page, The T,S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Elevation: 3,598 ft
GPS: 48.197, -121.65 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Daniel Coltrane on Sep 23, 2014
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick


At the southern end of Squire creek wall is a steep face low on the wall. At about 1000 ft. tall it has some great multi pitch routes.

Getting There

Approach via squire creek trail up to where the old road ends, about 1.5 miles. Right after a gravel wash there a couple large logs along the trail, turn right here down through the valley along a climbers trail. Follow the trail down to the creek and cross at a very large log the starts out 100' or so back from the stream. After the log head up stream for about 300 feet then head left and uphill up a rocky streambed. Follow the streambed uphill for about 1/4-mile then turn of right on a faint trail through the woods. Follow this trail up to the base of the wall. You should reach a small flat spot, descent bivy, next to a very large tree right before you start heading up the slabs. From here continue onto slabs then up and left aiming for a small gulley with a tattered fixed line, usually wet through here. Continue up the gully and slabs aiming for the wall above. Eventually head up and left to reach the base of the wall and the start of the routes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Illusion Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
The Epic Tail of Sir Norbert
Trad 10 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Trad 10 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
The Page
Trad, Sport 9 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Epic Tail of Sir Norbert 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 10 pitches
Excalibur 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 10 pitches
The Page 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport 9 pitches
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BrokenChairs BrettC
Sultan, WA
BrokenChairs BrettC   Sultan, WA
Tess's directions are spot on. The climbers trail (to your right) starts immediately after crossing the 3rd major wash. If you get to the large sign a couple hundred feet after the wash you've gone too far. Turn around and look for a faint trail within 10' of the third wash. After the enjoyable portion of the trail (similar to the Upper Town Wall Trail at Index) you come to a bivy spot with a large tree. From there the wall will come into view (and you'll realize why it's called illusion wall). Expect sustained B1 bushwhacking with some B2 cruxes thrown in for good measure. There were three hand lines through this portion of the approach. Like Tess said plan on this approach taking LONGER than you might have anticipated from other approach directions.

There was no water running anywhere after the river so make sure to fill up before starting up the stream bed and into the woods. 9/3/17 Sep 5, 2017
Jon Nelson
Bellingham, WA
Jon Nelson   Bellingham, WA  
I'm drawn now to this 'cute little deciduous forest'.

Nice description, thanks - Jun 28, 2016
Tess Wendel
Seattle, WA
Tess Wendel   Seattle, WA
Just a note on the approach. The Squire Creek road (now trail) goes through a cute little deciduous forest on top of some washout debris before hitting 3 wash areas. The third washout area is where you'll find the little trail down to the river crossing. If you follow the creek/ 2nd washout down to the main river you'll see there is a log down that will get you across but it doesn't connect to anything. The tree crossing the river on the third washout leads to more of a gravel sandbed that allows you to travel upstream to the left to find the old streambed leading up into the woods. I'd call the trail from the streambed to be well established (it was a pleasure to hike on) until you hit the first bivy spot. It took us a little more time than expected to get from the bivy from the base of the climb so factor that in. Jun 28, 2016

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