The Crack Garden Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||Terramariner on Jul 14, 2016|
|Admins:||Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer|
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DescriptionA nice area stacked with moderate trad climbs with a little bit of everything from splitters, dihedrals flakes, flares, roofs, alpine munge, and its own boulder. It has great views and is in a secluded location above the valley floor. It is also one of the first crags that comes into season in the spring. With a southern aspect it catches sun early in the morning till late afternoon. A 70m rope is recommended to be able to top rope or rappel, also a wire brush or small broom would be nice.
Several more routes have been completed and there are still some FA's and major variations left for those willing to put in the gardening. Such as the large white dihedral which can be accessed via by climbing something on The Crack Garden or it's walkoff.
Hadn’t seen any evidence of previous climbers (exception being the giant cairn at the top, maybe from miners?), but realize how fast stuff grows back in Hatcher. So if anyone has been up here before let us know so we can give credit where it’s due.
Getting ThereThe crag is located on the south facing slope (left side) of Reed Lakes Trail. It is about 0.8 miles down the trail and 800 ft up the hill side. From the Reed Lakes parking lot walk or bike 0.8 miles down the trail to where the trail starts to level out and the brush thins. You want to actually go past the crag and the access gully a little bit. Cut left through the alders for about 20ft to a clearing. This should be the only bushwhacking on the approach. Walk through low vegetation to a clearing with small recessed boulders, say hi to the whistlepigs Terrence and Wallace and head up hill toward the lone tree. After the tree head up and left until you can cut left into the large rock gully. Be careful as the gully can be quite loose especially after the snow melts out. Follow this up until you are a little above the base of the crag and can scramble up steep moss toward the base.
The approach can take anywhere from 45min – 1hr 15min depending on conditions and fitness.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Crack Garden
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