Type: Trad, 800 ft, 5 pitches
FA: Veldhuisen, Heiser 2018
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Shared By: Curt Veldhuisen on May 7, 2018
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

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The Mystery Tour strikes up and right, ascending the far edge of the North Buttress slab. It provides a more varied and less traveled alternative to the wide open spaces of Silent Running. The route has difficulties of 5.8 or less, aside from the relentless smearing required on pitch 3 (5.9+).

Pitch 1. Climb Road to Nowhere (5.3, bolts). With a little simul-climbing, it goes in one lead (~75 m).

Pitch 2. A mixed-bag of clean and scruffy angling toward the right skyline. Starts straight up two short slabs, passing fresh bolts and a relic anchor. Catch a blocky ramp rightward through bits of suspect rock to another slabby section (5.8). Traverse under a sizable overlap and find the bolted belay. (4 bolts & gear, 5.8)

Pitch 3.  The money pitch, featuring 58 m of 5.9-ish slab climbing without much relief! You will want a couple of small cams for the initial overlaps, then venture up the loooong narrow slab to the horizontal tree. (11 bolts, 5.9+)

Pitch 4. An increasingly airy pitch up the rounded buttress. From the belay, step up and left, cross a small overlap (small cam) to gain a bolt and a rounded stance. Continue straight up the knobby buttress, which rolls over to the belay. (6 bolts & small cam, 5.8)

Pitch 5. A short pitch that connects to Silent Running. Head leftward below the huge cedar bush, clip a bolt and cross the small rib. Climb the  slab and step left to reach Silent Running’s 5th belay. (3 bolts, 5.7)

All belays have double 3/8" bolts.

Descent options: 1. Rappel Silent Running (if not crowded), or 2. Rappel Mystery Tour, detouring skiers right to reach Road to Nowhere (see topo). Reversing pitches 2 and 3 is not good, trust me! All options require double 60 m ropes.


Right side of North Buttress of 3 O'Clock Rock.  Starts on Road to Nowhere, just a bit right of Silent Running.  Look for gray powder-coated bolts.


Mostly bolts with occasional cams (singles, tiny to 2"). Bring 12-14 draws and double 60s for the descent.  


Jon Nelson
Redmond, WA
Jon Nelson   Redmond, WA  
Looks like a fun addition to the crag.
Now the Road to Nowhere goes somewhere. Thanks Curt. May 7, 2018
Curt Veldhuisen
Bellingham, WA
Curt Veldhuisen   Bellingham, WA
Sure, now it needs some traffic to justify all the tapping. May 7, 2018
Brett Shattuck
Brett Shattuck  
Great Route! Pitch 3 is fun and sustained. Thanks for the tour on the tour! Jul 23, 2018
Anastasia B
Portland, OR
Anastasia B   Portland, OR
A nice afternoon romp on the right side of 3'O'Clock buttress in the after 3 pm shade. Much less runout than its left hand side neighbor - Total Soul. The crux pitch 3 is not a 58 m, but more like a 62 m. Sep 7, 2018