CLOSURES: South and East Faces (NW & W Faces Remain Open)
The South Face and access trail is closed from Feb. 1st through July 15th, depending on peregrine falcon nesting. Portland Area Climbers Coalition, Washington Climbers Coalition, and the Access Fund are coordinating on this issue. Disregarding this closure will harm their efforts to adjust it and their relationship with land managers.
The east face is closed to climbing year-round due to possible sensitive/endangered plant species.
The NW face and West face routes remain open.
See Closure section below for more details.
Excalibur begins on top of the Beacon Towers, which are just to the left of Blownout. There are many ways to reach the belay spot on the Towers, but Wild Turkeys is probably the best approach at 5.10C. Excalibur is a demanding lead, with both powerful and delicate sections, and, since it is rarely done, requires a good head and the ability to find not so visible holds. The crux comes high on the route and involves a very thin seem and crimps to gain a wide section in the crack. Even though it is seldom done Excalibur is a very good climb on solid rock.