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Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Lacey LaDuke on Oct 4, 2008
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Hot in the summer, great in the spring and fall. It can be a bit windy at times. Generally the rocks are not crowded.
The rock is granite and a bit crumbly. Watch for loose holds and bring your tape as it can be hard on the hands!

Also for those of you with bee allergies bring your Epi-Pen the bees can be pretty thick and sometimes nest in the flakes on some of the routes. We especially noticed this at Roadside Rock and a bit in the sunny parts of Northrup Canyon.

Bring your bouldering pad there are countless problems for any level of climber. The problems are only limited by your own imagination.

There are numerous trad routes and several well protected sport routes. There aren't many opportunities to set up top ropes.

Camp at Jones Bay to be right by the boulders, or Steamboat Rock state park. Other nearby camping options include Sunbanks Resort and Osborn Bay. Free camping (in an area that does NOT allow campfires) can be found by going down the road ACROSS from the road into Osborn Bay.

There are also several seedy looking hotels/motels in and around Electric City (3 Miles away) and Grand Coulee (5 Miles)

Getting There 

From Spokane - Take highway 2 to Electric City (Just past the Grand Coulee Dam) and go about 3 miles further until you see the granite all over the place.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

54 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',26],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon:
Bassomatic   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   The Bastion
Rashomon   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Road Side Rock
Red Arete   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport   Road Side Rock
Heart of Stone   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Orange Wall
Prime Cut   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Prime Cut Area
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Featured Route For Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up from the base of the route.

Seam-iotics 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Washington : Central Region : ... : Post Modern Wall
This two pitch route is a hidden gem of Banks lake with a little of everything including a long sustained finger crack, and an akwardly sized chimney. Pitch 1 5.8+ Climb the broken cracks and features up to the off body sized chimney then up through the chimney to the opening at the top. Belay bolts on the left side of the chimney. ~35-40MPitch 2 5.9 Climb the striking 60 foot long finger crack straight up past the bulge to the chains. Sustained 5.9 pitch with a short section of flaring offwidth...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

Photos of Banks Lake / Northrup Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Prime Cut (5.10a) on an island
Prime Cut (5.10a) on an island
Rock Climbing Photo: Roadside Rock viewed from the lake
Roadside Rock viewed from the lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Tent& Awning rock. After the Gold Rush (5.10b)
Tent& Awning rock. After the Gold Rush (5.10b)
Rock Climbing Photo: Half Bassed  (5.8pg) on a peninsula
Half Bassed (5.8pg) on a peninsula
Rock Climbing Photo: Bassomatic (5.9) on a peninsula
Bassomatic (5.9) on a peninsula
Rock Climbing Photo: fun

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By shanejcollins
From: Washington
Mar 31, 2015
By Allen King
Apr 7, 2015
If you are going to climb Dr. Ceuse at Picnic Table Wall, watch out for the Great Horned Owl in the chimney...
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Apr 7, 2015
Nice job on that video Shane. It was fun to watch.

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