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Chimacum Rock  Rock Climbing 

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Chimacum Rock (aks Tamanous Rock, Big Rock) is the formation that can be seen just south-west of Chimacum High School. The rock is fairly solid and there are actually some worthy routes on the wall. The first wall you come to has a few good two pitch routes (I believe the far left route is done as one pitch). If one continues down the hill and around the corner they will see a completely different wall. It's steep, light orange and can be a bit chossy and always dry. Go around the next corner and the rock changes once more to solid, steep pocketed sport routes. This wall also stays dry during periods of rain. The far left route on this wall has some bolt issues but once resolved will be a great (difficult) route.

Access lately has been up in the air but it seems that for now (09/29/2010) it is perfectly legal to climb here.
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If you live on the Peninsula I'd say it's worth at least one trip.

Getting There 

Google Chimacum. If you are on HW 19 heading towards Port Towsend, take a left on Anderson Lake Rd. Drive roughly a little over 0.6 miles to a steep dirt road on the right. Drive to the top of this road to the gate and park. From here continue by walking up the dirt road for another 5 minutes until a dirt road on the left appears. Head up this about 30 yards looking on your right for a hidden trail. Follow this trail to the rock. One of the first routes you will see is Dinner Plate.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.4 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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The Dinner Plate 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Washington : Olympics & Pacific Coast : Chimacum Rock
The first route on the left when one approaches the wall (starts directly in front of the tree stump). This route is usually done in two pitches but can be done in one with a 60 meter rope (without lowering of course). Pitch 1: 5.7-The first pitch climbs to the obvious anchor to the right of the start. It has good rock and big holds. Pitch 2: 5.10AThe second pitch climbs straight up the headwall and has good nobs, edges and an obvious pocket. The crux comes at the pocket on the steepest portion ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By kimmo
May 24, 2013
Access was recently shut down by the local tribe, per news article I read recently (early 2013).

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