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Elevation: 4,418 ft 1,347 m
GPS: 47.365, -121.31444
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Keechelus Ridge, to most people, is the dirt-road riddled ridge of land dividing Lake Keechelus and Kachess Lake. On top of this ridge, with commanding views of the lakes, Mt Rainier and Mt Stuart, sits Keechelus Ridge, the cliff. The wall is blocky andesite with texture and features similar to some Tieton River crags - hard to read, unlikely jugs and gas pocketed texture. It ranges from slabby with a few decent cracks to gently overhanging, and the tallest part of the cliff stretches for over 130 feet. Grades range from 5.3 to 5.11d, mostly concentrated between 5.9-5.11.

Keechelus Ridge is one of the Snoqualmie Valley's only high-elevation crags, and can provide some relief in hot weather. However the southeastern orientation can be slightly blistering in July. It dries very quickly for the same reason, and the rain shadow of the Pass can guarantee dry climbing when North Bend is wet for the winter. Spring would be similar except for the long driving approach on unplowed FS roads.

Getting There Suggest change

Take exit 54 off i-90, go north (cross i-90) toward the Gold Creek sno park area and take the next available right. This is Road 4832 which will lead you east, parallel to i-90. 

Take this road for 4 miles. It will turn to gravel and go uphill. Near the end of the 4 miles, there is a relatively sharp (~90 degree) left turn, followed shortly by a trailhead, followed immediately by a fork. Take the prominent left fork then go another 3.25 miles until you see a small spur road to your left, followed immediately by a small parking area to your right.

(Note: if you haven’t gone the 3.25 miles and you see a similar location with a spur road and a small parking area, you are in the wrong spot. Pay attention to the mileage! Just past the parking area, there is a big turnout which people have clearly used for car camping and a great view of Rainier on a clear day. If you see those things, you’re in the right spot.)

Park in the parking area, cross the road and hike up the spur road for about 15 minutes until you get to a wide flat area with a great view. Just as the road levels off and starts going slightly downhill, look for a cairn and a small but obvious trail leading right (north) into the forest: hike this trail for another 10 minutes to a rocky area.  Many people mistakenly turn downhill at the first rocky area and end up bushwhacking.  Instead, stay on the good trail past that first rocky area - the trail reenters the forest and goes steeply up hill for another minute or two.

At the 2nd rocky area the main trail makes a sharp right turn.  Stay on this obvious trail as it skirts the south side of the rock formation, until you come to the top of West Wall.

The gravel road is in decent shape -- mostly wide, shallow potholes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Keechelus Ridge

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 27
Huckleberry Heaven
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 37
Meeperland Drive
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 30
Welcome to My World
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Friesenburg Concertos
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Buckets Full of Moonlight Lost
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 43
An Alpine Embrace as Meteors Race
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 35
Black Systems Solar
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Shadow Gold
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Imbibing the Movements on Human…
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 46
With Love Lie Ancients Nestled W…
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
Hummingbird Symphony
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 13
The Last of Summer
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 22
Crescendo of the Sarcophagus Bre…
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
Eternal Bliss Endured
Sport 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 7
Nocturnal Pulse of the Celestria…
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Huckleberry Heaven (a) W Wall
 27
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Meeperland Drive (a) W Wall
 37
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Welcome to My World (a) W Wall
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Friesenburg Concertos (b) Lizard Ledge
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Buckets Full of Moonlight Lost (c) E Face
 18
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
An Alpine Embrace as Meteor… (a) W Wall
 43
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Black Systems Solar (c) E Face
 35
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 2 pitches
Shadow Gold (a) W Wall
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Imbibing the Movements on H… (c) E Face
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
With Love Lie Ancients Nest… (c) E Face
 46
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Hummingbird Symphony (b) Lizard Ledge
 15
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Last of Summer (b) Lizard Ledge
 13
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Crescendo of the Sarcophagu… (c) E Face
 22
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Eternal Bliss Endured (c) E Face
 5
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Nocturnal Pulse of the Cele… (c) E Face
 7
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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