Type: Trad, 80 ft, 2 pitches
FA: Bob Bauman, 1960s
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Shared By: ScottH on Nov 16, 2007
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A very popular easy route, Cinnamon Slab climbs the large right-facing corner separating the Dihedrals from lower angle and more broken rock to the east. While technically two pitches, most parties seem to finish on Cry Babies or Cinnamon Toast instead.

P1. From the base of Karate Crack, Cinnamon Slab takes the low-angle hand and fist crack to a comfortable bolted belay on a good ledge. The moves are good and thoughtful for the grade. 5.6

P2. A short section of face climbing leads to an easier, shallow dihedral and the upper anchor. 5.5


To descend, make two single rope raps down the route. A second anchor on top of P1 helps reduce congestion.


Gear to 3.5". I would recommend 2 large pieces unless you are fairly comfortable at the grade. The climb takes great gear the whole way from solid stances, with some decent moves between. This is a great climb for new leaders.
It's way greasy with all the traffic. I can't think offhand of anything better in the same difficulty range but man as a new leader those feet do not inspire confidence May 23, 2013
I'm a first time outdoor climber. Technically, climbing the Cinnamon Slab and then Cry Babies pitches was actually easy for me, but the side drop offs on both pitches were terrifying. (Side note, I'm afraid of heights but am loving climbing --- it's a messy mental mix...) Aug 22, 2013
Fun. Do it! The second pitch is not as good as the first, but is worth doing for the rewarding views, and why not keep climbing since it's there?

A #4 camalot was nice to have near the top of the first pitch, and I'll bet a pink tricam (or some tricam around that size) would work in the horizontal crack before the last 15 feet. Sep 29, 2013
Portland, OR
marmots   Portland, OR
Very fun! I didn't find it any more greasy than other popular moderates at Smith. I'll add to the comments about extra big gear. I brought up a #3 and #4 C4 but would've liked an extra of either size. Mar 8, 2014
AJ Dexter
Portland, OR
AJ Dexter   Portland, OR
Pretty good route, and takes gear well. I agree on other comments about having an extra #3, #4.

The other thing worth noting at times there are nesting birds near the top of P1. Kinda surprising to have them pop out on you as you climb. So just a heads up. Apr 25, 2014
Z Winters
Mazama, WA
Z Winters   Mazama, WA
It's easy to kick lots of small rocks down from the upper anchor. Be careful - there are always tons of people below you. Mar 20, 2016
Ben Stabley
Portland, OR
Ben Stabley   Portland, OR
Very fun climb, with tons of feet. 2 #4 cams can sew up the top, but one is probably sufficient when combined with a couple #3s. I didn't think it was greasy at all, but I was first on during a nice autumn day. Be very careful of the loose rocks at the top of P2. Oct 27, 2016
gblauer Blauer
Wayne, PA
gblauer Blauer   Wayne, PA
Both pitches are fun. Save the bigger gear for the top of P1; you need a 3 and a 4. Although P2 looks like it eats big gear, there are plenty of other options.

very mellow, well protected climb, worth doing both pitches, worth running it in one long pitch. Apr 17, 2017
John Brown
John Brown  
super fun climb and shade in the afternoon . karate crack is a sick neighbor! i give it a taxing 5.6 -- gave me a killer calf workout. the feet are there and the crack and face moves keep it interesting. - definitely wouldn't want to go over the arete though and deck on any of the big blocks that are climbers right to it. the pro is from nuts to size 5 cam - definitely could use multiple 4's and multiple 3's. takes pro well through the whole thing. Sep 8, 2018