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Fat Lip S,TR 
Hobo Surprise S,TR 
Humpty Dumpty S,TR 
In Search of Frozen Magma S,TR 
Life Finds a Way S,TR 
Little Engine That Could, The S,TR 
Peter Pan S,TR 
Project 1 TR 
Secrets of Giants S,TR 
Seven-up S,TR 
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Cliff Drive Rock Climbing 

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Location: 47.64739, -117.41954 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Scott Coldiron on Jun 21, 2009  with updates from Trevin Spencer
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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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.1 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cliff Drive

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cliff Drive:
Peter Pan   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, TR, 23'   
Humpty Dumpty   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 20'   
The Little Engine That Could   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 18'   
Secrets of Giants   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 30'   
Hobo Surprise   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR   
cinco nueve   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR   
Fat Lip   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Secondary rock at Cliff Drive located a dozen pace...

The Little Engine That Could 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Washington : Northeast Corner & Spokane : ... : Cliff Drive
There is a large rock a few paces to the north of the main wall. On the backside there are 3 beginner-friendly bolted routes. The three routes on this rock get their names from classic nursery rhymes. The Little Engine that Could is the left route. This is the shortest of the three climbs. But even though it is the shortest, it feels like the hardest of the three which is great! But be careful of the tree next to the wall when repelling back down.Out of respect to the original route creators 鈥...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cliff Drive in Spokane, WA Topo Map
BETA PHOTO: Cliff Drive in Spokane, WA Topo Map
Rock Climbing Photo: Local climbers at the main wall. It was great to m...
Local climbers at the main wall. It was great to m...
Rock Climbing Photo: cliff drive main wall, center
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BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall,left
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BETA PHOTO: cliff drive main wall, right
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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
From: Cheney
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!

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.

Rock Climbing Photo: Parking for Cliff Drive. You can park legally 50 f...
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.
By Bower Climbing Coalition
From: Spokane, WA
Jul 18, 2017
Bomber glue-in anchors installed July 2017 at the top of the routes on the main wall to easily and safely clip to when setting up a top rope.

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