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Lookout Point Area Rock Climbing 

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These are the walls closest to town, essentially in front view when driving across the bridge into town, but all involve at least 20-min of hiking. The rock quality and type are similar to that at the Lower Town Wall and Lower Lump, but the area has a greater fraction of moderate routes.

Here, you can find steep cracks and corners, steep face, as well as low-angle crack and slabs.

The rock sections and walls are separated by forest, and thus offer opportunities for shade on a sunny day. Go here for nice cracks, corners, thin faces, slabs, and knobs. The top of Lookout Point is an excellent picnic spot with views to Gunn, Baring, Index, and Persis.

Getting There 

Park in town. Hike down the railroad tracks from town, heading towards the Upper Town Walls. Near the start of the left bend in the tracks, take the footbridge on the right. Hike up the trail, past the large boulder (roughly half-way point). At the T-junction, go left for Rattletale and right for the other walls. If you go right, the next turnoff on the right goes to Private Idaho and Hag Crag. Continue up and left to the headwall of the gully. Go up and right for Lookout Point, and left for Duck Wall. At a moderate pace, it takes about 20-25 min to reach most of the walls.

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81 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',49],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lookout Point Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lookout Point Area:
Wild Turkey   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   Private Idaho
Senior Citizens in Space   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Private Idaho
Battered Sandwich   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Private Idaho
Peanuts To Serve You   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lookout Point
Wet Dream   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Private Idaho
Chasin' the Lizard   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Rattletale Wall
Magic Fern   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Private Idaho
Law and Order   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 120'   Lookout Point
The Snake   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   Rattletale Wall
Rattletale   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Rattletale Wall
An Act of Strange Boar   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lookout Point
Spineless   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Private Idaho
Jane Goodall   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   Rattletale Wall
Planet Caravan   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Duck Wall
The Amphibian    5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 80'   Rattletale Wall
Message of Love   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   Duck Wall
I am in top a shader   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   Private Idaho
The Orangutan    5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad   Rattletale Wall
Solitude   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 5 pitches   Lookout Point
Bobcat Cringe   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Lookout Point
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Featured Route For Lookout Point Area
Rock Climbing Photo: The crux of the traverse on A hatch.

A Hatch 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  Washington : Index : ... : Lookout Point
This is pitch 4 of the route An act of strange boar, a group of mysteries of frenchwoman, a ship called black rock, and a hatch. It is at the very top of Lookout Point, and finishes right at the apex as viewed from town, which is left (west) of the flagpole. Face climb up to the shallow right-facing corner/flake/roof feature, following the line of bolts. The first move is about 10+ or 11-. Upon reaching the top of this feature, follow the thin, rounded crack left across the face. The crack widen...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By Aaron O
From: Seattle, WA
Jun 28, 2015
Does anyone know of pitches that can be linked together that go to the top of Lookout Point that are no harder than 11a?
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Jun 28, 2015
The simplest would be the Velvet Pedestal, if that last pitch has been cleaned up.

Or, do Steel Pulse to the end, traverse left to the base of "A Hatch". Belay near the v-thread anchor, and go up and right on a 5.9 face-to crack pitch. This last pitch is that on "Lookout Point Direct" (LPD), which hasn't been posted yet.

Others have done Strange Boar -> Frenchwoman -> Black Rock -> last pitch of LPD as above. You can skip the first two by doing Law and Order instead.

Another link-up would be Below Lissen to Hitaga. At the top of Hitaga, traverse off left, and scramble up to the belay for the last pitch of Solitude. Finish on Solitude.
By Aaron O
From: Seattle, WA
Jul 1, 2015
Great info. Thanks Jon!

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