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Routes in Myrtle 2 aka "Turtle Arches"

Alpine Dance Lessons T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Arch Enemy T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
Arcing Arrow, The T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Dreams of Wild Corgis S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
FJL aka "Standard Route" T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Harem Route, The T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Have a Line S,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Heather's Corner T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
In Over My Head T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Sweeney's Edge S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Underware Overhang T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
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A high quality 500-700 ft granite dome. Most climbs are east to south-east facing. Myrtle #2 (also known as Turtle Arches) is the smaller dome to the North along the Selkirk divide from the eye catching Myrtles Turtle dome. Glimpses of this granite playground can be had from a couple spots along myrtle creek road, and thru the trees at times along the two mouth lakes trail. (As of 2016 there is good views of the dome from the Myrtle Creek road around the 10 mile. Fall/winter logging along the road has taken care of the trees that used to block the view!) Logging in 2016 re-opened the first mile or so of the two mouth lakes trail into a gated logging road.

Getting There

Turn off Hwy 95 in Bonners Ferry on Riverside street passing Kootenai River Brewing Company. Riverside street changes to Westside road 5 miles from town at the Wildlife Refuge. Drive North for another mile and a half. Take a left on the graveled Myrtle Creek Road (FS rd #633). Around 12 miles up Myrtle Creek road, in full view of the dome called myrtle's turtle, is the Two Mouth Lakes trailhead (Trail #268). Hike/bike up the old road/trail for about an hour (2.3 miles) until the trail flattens out in the slide creek basin. If you make it to hundreds of feet of boardwalk--go back 200 ft. At this point you will be even with the "turtle arches dome" to the west. Leave the hiking trail at the 3 large dead snags and log seats onto a modified game trail. Cross slide creek on logs/rocks. Stay just left (south) of the wetland bog, and continue west on good game trails until you are beside the dome. This is about 10-15 minutes (1/3 mile) walk from trail #268. Contour down left (south) below the approach slab.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Myrtle 2 aka "Turtle Arches"

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
FJL aka "Standard Route"
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
In Over My Head
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Sweeney's Edge
Sport, Alpine 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
FJL aka "Standard Route"
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
In Over My Head
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Sweeney's Edge
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, Alpine 3 pitches
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