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Areas in Elwha River

Elwhall, The 0 / 29 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Underhood, The 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Waka Beach 0 / 21 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Elevation: 96 ft
GPS: 48.097, -123.557 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Scott Underwood on Apr 12, 2016
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick
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Description

Sandstone and conglomerate climbing near the old lower dam site. See the movie "The Hunted" to have a look at the old dam. Climbing areas are located on both the west and east side of the river, the west side being the oldest area with the most climbing.

Getting There

Take HWY 101 west to HWY 112.

East-side climbs at Waka Beach and the Underhood can be accessed by taking the last left turn before the bridge as you head west on hwy 112. This is also the turnoff for the Lower Dam RV Park and the Kiosk built about the dam removal and Elwha restoration project. Please park in the gravel lot on the left after turning on to the lower dam road.

To access west-side climbs, at the Ehlwall, cross the Elwha river bridge as you head west on hwy 112 and park on the left side of the road at the trailhead parking for the Adventure Route section of the Olympic Discovery Trail. ANGLE PARK ONLY PLEASE!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Elwha River

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 5
Scare-D-Crack
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 6
Donut Run
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Slappin Skeeters
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Haus Frau
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 5
Scare-Master
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 7
Bigfoot Sprint
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 15
Get A Handle On It
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Waka/Jawaka
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
The Trench
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Buzz Away AKA Hollywood Dyno
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
One Shot Deal
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 12
The Breeze
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Panasonic
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
It Goes
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
San Ber'dino
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Scare-D-Crack Waka Beach
 5
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Donut Run Waka Beach
 6
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Slappin Skeeters Elwhall
 10
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Haus Frau Waka Beach
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Scare-Master Waka Beach
 5
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Bigfoot Sprint Waka Beach
 7
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Get A Handle On It Elwhall
 15
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Waka/Jawaka Waka Beach
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Trench Elwhall
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Buzz Away AKA Hollywood Dyno Elwhall
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
One Shot Deal Elwhall
 4
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Breeze Elwhall
 12
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Panasonic Elwhall
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
It Goes Elwhall
 4
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
San Ber'dino Elwhall
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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mikehilbert
Tucson, AZ
mikehilbert   Tucson, AZ
FYI, this place is seriously sandbagged - either because of age of climbs, broken/worn away holds or both. Also, it doesn't help that there is a layer of friction reducing sand/dust on everything. Even the easiest of climbs here felt like 5.10s. If you're looking for seriously stout climbs, give it a go, otherwise, head to Tyler Peak crags for an easier outing. Jul 5, 2017
Carl Fischberg
Vancouver, WA
Carl Fischberg   Vancouver, WA
The wall looks really cool here, I second the slippery-sandyness though. We tried to do some of the routes on the right side of the wall and were pretty sketched out by the quality of the bolting. Most of the bolts are pretty rusted and surrounded by empty, torn up bolt holes(sometimes 4 or more). There are several different kinds of bolts on each route. We got the heeby-jeebies and left after a sport route and some bouldering around the base. The left side of the wall has clearly been redone fairly recently with glue-ins which looked decent. Jul 29, 2017
To explain a bit on what Carl mentioned: yes there are many rusted bolt heads and differing types of bolts on the routes at the Elwha. I think you will find similar circumstances at many crags around the country that were bolted in the same era. The local community is aware of the situation and aware of mixed metal use consequences--SS hangers and zinc-plated bolts=galvanic action and rusted out bolts. This is why an effort was begun in 2015 to re-bolt all of the routes at the Elhwa with SS glue-in bolts. So far, 8 routes have been rebolted and a 9th, "Slappin Skeeters", has been re-drilled in preparation for rebolting (that is why it appears there are "empty, torn up holes"--a notch is required for porper glue-in placement). Some of the old bolts refused to be removed and have been left in place until we can bring out the proper equipment to pull them or cut them off. Aug 3, 2017

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