Elevation: 597 ft
GPS: 48.161, -123.682 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: fossil on Jul 24, 2019 · Updates
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Z Winters

Description

Crackenstein offers something completely different to the Port Angeles climbing scene than the bolted sport climbs found at pretty much all other climbing venues in the local area. The climbs at Crackenstein are all crack climbs and all of them require gear to lead. The cracks tend to be very irregular and lumpy on the inside which makes protection somewhat difficult to place, therefore it is not a good area for beginning trad leaders. If you think that you are not up for leading here, start out by doing some toprope runs. All of the chain anchors can be accessed by rappelling from various trees above the cliff.

The rock at Crackenstein is a water laid welded tuff that is quite unusual on the Olympic Peninsula and when freshly broken is a yellowish tan color and may be the lightest colored bedrock found on the peninsula. Unlike airfall welded tuffs the rock at Crackenstein lacks the gas bubbles that create the popular pockets and bucket holds found at crags like Smith Rock in Oregon. The water laid tuff has a rough and grainy texture with a high coefficient of friction; and can be tough on skin.

This crag faces roughly northeast and is in old growth forest so is shady and cool on most hot days, and because of its near ridgetop position it is often dry in the winter when nothing else in the Port Angeles area is.

Getting There

From the Highway 101, 112 junction a few miles west of Port Angeles go 7.2 miles out 112 to Camp Hayden road. Turn right and go 2.5 miles out Camp Hayden to a newly constructed logging road on the right with a yellow gate a short distance up the road. Go 2 miles up this new road through a bunch of recent logging activity to an abandoned road on your left with a prominent Y junction park here. Walk out the abandoned road about 10 minutes to reach the foundations of World War 2 radio facility. At one point along the way a climbers trail briefly cuts downhill leaving the road grade to avoid an area of heavy blowdown and then regains the grade a bit lower down the hill. Once you reach the old foundations continue down the ridge on a climbers trail a short distance to where a third class scramble drops you down a bit on the west side and a traverse and another third class move leads you around to the east side near the base of the climbs The Pointy Part and Pygmy Twilight.

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