Cliff Drive Rock Climbing
Beautiful view looking north as you stand on the t...
Cliff drive is a basalt crag, formed by cooling lava with less than 53% silicon. The lower amount of silicon allows the lava to flow great distances from its source. This dark igneous rock offers a very different climbing experience than the granite typical of the Northwest. Even though the climbs here are short o the city center, and the view from the top of the crag through the trees is beautiful. The Spokane vista spreads out behind you as you climb. This location also offers the perfect climbing experience for the 9 to 5 worker who can't spend the time to drive a long distance to climb after work. The approach from your car is anywhere between 15ft to 100ft in flip-flops.
There are 18 bolted climbs ranging from 5.6 to 5.11, with a healthy concentration of nines and tens. Six quick draws are about all you need to lead these climbs, but if you prefer to top-rope almost every anchor is easy and safe to reach.
The main wall is a few hundred feet West of the popular City Overlook (look for the trail down by the No Parking sign). Just downhill from here is another wall with 3 enjoyable, beginner-friendly slab climbs. The rest of the climbs are scattered to the West of the main wall.
From downtown take Stevens St. South. As you drive up the hill stay to your right, toward Bernard St. After the road splits, you'll go under a bridge, which is Cliff Dr. (your objective). Take the next right on Sumner St., drive 1 block then another right on Stevens St. Drive 1 block, turn left on Cliff Dr. and park at the Pioneer Park pullout. Walk west for about 350 ft. to the no parking sign. You are now directly above the crag, look for an obvious steep path in a cleft between the rocks. Turn to your right. You're at the main wall.
Weather station 6.1 miles from here
20 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cliff Drive
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cliff Drive:
Fat Lip 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, TR
Featured Route For Cliff Drive
Local climbers at the main wall. It was great to m...
BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall, center
BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall,left
BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall, right
By Sean O'Brien
From: Spokane, Washington
May 6, 2014
Some of the beta is outdated. Many hangers and anchors have been pulled down. Man wall is fairly complete. Routes to the west of the access ramp are pretty much undoable. Also, one of the shorter routes on the secondary are just to the north has been robbed of a few hangers.
By Conor Felletter
From: Boulder, Colorado
Aug 10, 2014
The climbs on the main wall were worthwhile but be sure to check carefully for
missing hangers and bolts if you are leading. Passing through for only one day we enjoyed this crag and found the local climbing community to be very welcoming.
By Eric Roe
Sep 23, 2016
The main pull out parking is no longer usable, the city moved the boulders that fenced the cliff edge up to the road. Probably due to the rich pricks that live in the area wanting to shut down the best make out spot in the city. You can park on some of the side streets, but there are restrictions for certain times of the day.
By Trevin Spencer
From: Spokane, WA
Oct 11, 2016
ROUTE UPDATE (Oct 2016):
All TR anchors that needed it have been replaced with new chains and new hangers have been added to all of the routes that had been missing them in the past. Plus ALL old routes to the west of the main wall have been opened back up with new hangers, as well as the secondary rock to the north of the main wall! They all just need to be climbed! **NO extra bolts were added, just new hangers. If you want to help keep Cliff clean, please bring a trash bag when you go climbing and pick up a few pieces of garbage, this will always be an ongoing choir. Thanks!
PARKING UPDATE (Oct 2016):
You can now park legally 50 feet to the west of the access point on Cliff Drive right above the crag. Legal hours are between 7am and 7pm everyday. Just park west of this parking sign.
Parking for Cliff Drive. You can park legally 50 feet to the west on Cliff Drive right above the crag between 7am and 7pm everyday.