Elevation: 101 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

East-facing sandstone cliffs above the Elwha river (note that this means the cliffs are on the west-side of the river!). Fun climbing with a variety of styles from blocky roofed jug hauls to thin and technical slabs to wild dynamic climbing.

Getting There

Cross the Elwha river bridge on hwy 112 then look for the parking along the left side of the highway approx. 1/4 mile after the bridge. Drive past the parking then turn in to the small lot to angle park. Then hike the Adventure Route to the power line road, head downhill (left) on the power line road until you see an access road on the right with a sign that says "No motorized vehicles" or something of that sort.

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mikehilbert
Tucson, AZ
mikehilbert   Tucson, AZ
Regarding approach, take the path back toward the river until you come to the power line clearing, turn left here to go downhill. The path begins again on your right near where the clearing begins to fill in with brush and become impassable. Follow this trail until it shoots you out of the woods near the river. Proceed to your left (downriver) on a non-distinct path, leading along the woodline and eventually back into the woods. The wall is about 3 minutes into the woods from there.

Aside: This area seems significantly sandbagged either because of deterioration of the sandstone over time, the grungyness of the current state of the wall given the lack of traffic here, the age of the routes (older routes generally tend to be harder), or the badassery of the FAs who established these lines. Everything felt at least 2 grades harder than the MP ratings would indicate. Jun 11, 2017
J Meyer
Western Mass
J Meyer   Western Mass
Great crag. Approach is simple and easy if you have the right beta. The sign that says “Road Closed To ORV’s” as described above is no longer there, so don’t get missled by that.

Total approach time 15-20 minutes. From the left side of the parking lot follow the Olympic discovery trail ~5 minutes to the powerlines. Turn left onto the powerline road. Follow the road downhill and stay on this road as it turns right and into the woods. Continue following the road ~10 minutes until it brings you to the open meadow above the river. Continue across the meadow until you see a faint climbers trail leading back into the woods on the left. Follow this for ~1 minute and you will have arrived at the far climbers left of the wall. The first route is Earth and Sky.

Have fun! Jun 7, 2018
Lurker
Truckee, CA
Lurker   Truckee, CA  
I would echo the first comment, everything felt harder than the grade here. I suspect some routes have lost crucial holds, but there's also kind of a dusting/layer of sand on everything.

Really reminds me of coastal sandstone in northern California - soft rock, kind of chossy, and kind of sandy. But generally fun and featured climbing.

Looks like some local folks have put in a boatload of work replacing old expansion bolts with glue-ins, the majority of routes (particularly the ones that looked worthy of climbing) had new bolts. Thanks to whomever is doing that! Aug 29, 2018