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Areas in Elwha River

Elwhall, The 0 / 28 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Underhood, The 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Waka Beach 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17

Description [Suggest Change]

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 [Suggest Change]

Take HWY 101 west to HWY 112.

East-side climbs at the Underhood and other areas can be accessed by taking the last left turn before the bridge as you head west on hwy 112.

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!

47 Total Climbs

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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.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 3
Scareless
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
3-Toed Relay
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 4
Scare-D-Crack
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 7
Slappin Skeeters
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Donut Run
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Scare-Master
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Bigfoot Sprint
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Waka/Jawaka
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 11
Get A Handle On It
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
The Trench
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
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
 11
The Breeze
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
It Goes
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Panasonic
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Scareless Waka Beach
 3
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Sport
3-Toed Relay Waka Beach
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Scare-D-Crack Waka Beach
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Slappin Skeeters Elwhall
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Donut Run Waka Beach
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Scare-Master Waka Beach
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Bigfoot Sprint Waka Beach
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Waka/Jawaka Waka Beach
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Get A Handle On It Elwhall
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Trench Elwhall
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Buzz Away AKA Hollywood Dyno Elwhall
 5
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
 11
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
It Goes Elwhall
 3
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Panasonic Elwhall
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c 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
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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