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The Base of Illusion Wall. Great place to Bivy


At the southern end of Squire creek wall is a steep face low on the wall. At about 1000 ft. tall it has some great multi pitch routes.

Getting There 

Approach via squire creek trail up to where the old road ends, about 1.5 miles. Right after a gravel wash there a couple large logs along the trail, turn right here down through the valley along a climbers trail. Follow the trail down to the creek and cross at a very large log the starts out 100' or so back from the stream. After the log head up stream for about 300 feet then head left and uphill up a rocky streambed. Follow the streambed uphill for about 1/4-mile then turn of right on a faint trail through the woods. Follow this trail up to the base of the wall. You should reach a small flat spot, descent bivy, next to a very large tree right before you start heading up the slabs. From here continue onto slabs then up and left aiming for a small gulley with a tattered fixed line, usually wet through here. Continue up the gully and slabs aiming for the wall above. Eventually head up and left to reach the base of the wall and the start of the routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Illusion Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Illusion Wall:
Excalibur   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   
The Epic Tail of Sir Norbert   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 10 pitches, 1500'   
The Page   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 9 pitches, 1000'   
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Excalibur 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Washington : Northwest Region : ... : Illusion Wall
A awesome line up the Illusion Wall. Very Classic. It runs up for 10 pitches. All bolts have a good stance for clipping.1: 5.8. The approach pitch that will get you to the real climbing, ends at the 4th Class ledges. Trends up and left from the start. 2: 4th class. Traverse across the ledges until you reach the first set of bolted anchors. Short.3: 5.10+. Starts off on some stiff face climbing leading to a nice 5.9 corner crack.4: 5.10+. Follow the bolts up for more face climbing. The only pit...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By Tess Wendel
From: Seattle, WA
Jun 28, 2016
Just a note on the approach. The Squire Creek road (now trail) goes through a cute little deciduous forest on top of some washout debris before hitting 3 wash areas. The third washout area is where you'll find the little trail down to the river crossing. If you follow the creek/ 2nd washout down to the main river you'll see there is a log down that will get you across but it doesn't connect to anything. The tree crossing the river on the third washout leads to more of a gravel sandbed that allows you to travel upstream to the left to find the old streambed leading up into the woods. I'd call the trail from the streambed to be well established (it was a pleasure to hike on) until you hit the first bivy spot. It took us a little more time than expected to get from the bivy from the base of the climb so factor that in.
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Jun 28, 2016
I'm drawn now to this 'cute little deciduous forest'.

Nice description, thanks -
By BrokenChairs BrettC
From: Sultan, WA
Sep 5, 2017
Tess's directions are spot on. The climbers trail (to your right) starts immediately after crossing the 3rd major wash. If you get to the large sign a couple hundred feet after the wash you've gone too far. Turn around and look for a faint trail within 10' of the third wash. After the enjoyable portion of the trail (similar to the Upper Town Wall Trail at Index) you come to a bivy spot with a large tree. From there the wall will come into view (and you'll realize why it's called illusion wall). Expect sustained B1 bushwhacking with some B2 cruxes thrown in for good measure. There were three hand lines through this portion of the approach. Like Tess said plan on this approach taking LONGER than you might have anticipated from other approach directions.

There was no water running anywhere after the river so make sure to fill up before starting up the stream bed and into the woods. 9/3/17

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