Elevation: 111 ft
GPS: 48.097, -123.556 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Scott Underwood on Aug 2, 2017
Admins: Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

Description

This small crag is right down on the water on the east side of the Elwha River. The wall faces west and can get hot in the morning. The routes are all short and on a band of the soft sandstone that is also found across the river at the Elwhall. Most routes are on the easy to moderate end of the spectrum, making this a great destination for beginners. The one drawback is that the river runs right up to the base of a section of the wall for most of the year, making access to most of the climbing problematic. At times it is possible to wade through the water but is not recommended when water levels are high. Your best bet is to wait until the water retreats enough (typically around the end of July) to reveal the beach at the base of the wall.

PLEASE NOTE: the climbing in the Elwha River canyon is a privilege that can be taken away. The climbing resides within an area that is part of the river restoration project following the dam removal and is currently managed by Olympic National Park. As such, no camping, no fires and no dogs are allowed at the crags. Help us protect access, camp and have a fire somewhere else and leave your dogs at home.

Getting There

Drive Hwy 101 west to the turnoff onto Hwy 112. Take the last left turn BEFORE the Elwha river bridge on Hwy 112 onto the Lower Dam rd. You will see the parking area on the left as you drive this short rd. The parking area is the Elwha Dam Viewpoint Parking. You will hike the closed Lower Dam road past the gate for probably only about 200 feet past a heavily treed section of road. A small field will open up and you will see the obvious trail on the right. Follow this downhill all the way to the river's edge. The climbing will be to your left, up river, as you face the water.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Waka Beach

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 12
Scare-D-Crack
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 29
Donut Run
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Haus Frau
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 17
Scare-Master
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 15
Groan Up
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Bigfoot Sprint
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
Elwhatusi
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
My First 14er
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 40
Waka/Jawaka
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 10
Cut the Mustard
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Petunia's Penthouse
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Hold the Mayo
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Relish
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 13
Onions
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 8
Sum'bitch-Knockout
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Scare-D-Crack
 12
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Donut Run
 29
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Haus Frau
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Scare-Master
 17
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Groan Up
 15
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Bigfoot Sprint
 26
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Elwhatusi
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
My First 14er
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Waka/Jawaka
 40
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Cut the Mustard
 10
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Petunia's Penthouse
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Hold the Mayo
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Relish
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Onions
 13
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Sum'bitch-Knockout
 8
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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