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Lava Point Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,500'
Location: 46.66987, -121.11879 View Map  Incorrect?
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Lava Point is a fun crag with a bevy of well-bolted 5.10 and 5.11 sport routes. Unlike most Tieton crags, the rock at Lava Point is olivine basalt, not andesite. Most routes are vertical to gently overhanging. The rock has a great texture and mixes in edges, slopers and jugs with occasional vesicular (gas) pockets. It is similar to Riverview Park at Frenchman Coulee, only taller and better.

Lava Point can get hot in the summer, but you can chase shade for most of the day. The Dream Wall stays shaded in the morning, and the Lava Wall catches shade in mid to late afternoon. In low snow years, the crag can open up as early as February.

The crag has a great view of Rimrock Lake and the upper Tieton basin. Turkey vultures often circle above the crag.

Getting There 

Lava Point is just east of the Rimrock Lake dam, above the confluence of Wildcat Creek and the Tieton River.

From Highway 12, turn right (if heading west) or left (if heading east) onto Soup Creek Road, FS # 1305. The road is just west of the major Tieton Road turnoff used to reach the east end of Rimrock Lake.

Follow Soup Creek Road, staying left at all possible turns (except for one gated road). You will end up on FS # 344; drive this to the end. Park on the shoulder, leaving room at the end for others to turn around. A rutted four-wheel track continues into the woods, but please don't drive this. The track leads into a beautiful, fragile meadow area that should be preserved.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lava Point

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lava Point:
Lost Socks and Puppy Bites   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 50'   Dream Wall
Ring of Fire   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 80'   Dream Wall
Lava Sundae   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 80'   Dream Wall
Artificially Insteminated   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lava Wall/Deadheads
B weir of the Dead   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Lava Wall/Deadheads
Lavaland Variation   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lava Wall/Deadheads
Saint Of Circumstance   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lava Wall/Deadheads
Fit to be Tie Dyed   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Lava Wall/Deadheads
Muted reality   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Lava Wall/Deadheads
Lahar   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   Lava Wall/Deadheads
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Saint Of Circumstance 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Washington : Tieton River : ... : Lava Wall/Deadheads
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By Tristan Vellema
Apr 30, 2017
As of 5/1/17 there is an active beehive on the route sharing an achor with the farthest west 5.9. It's about half way up. Route is near where ramp is narrowest. Sorry I don't now the name

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