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All my Friends are Aliens T 
Behind the Green Door T 
Blue Ribbon variation T 
Dinky Twinkies T,S 
Flee Fly Flue T 
Flippo T 
Folsom Blues T 
Hips and Valleys T 
Jaded T 
Keith's Crack T 
Lawn Rake, The T 
Plum Pudding T 
Robin's Ramp T 
Seams Alright T 
Seamstress (access route) T 
Stems & Valleys T 
Stems and Leaves T 
Swamp Thang T 
Waiting for the Sun S 
Wild Boar S 

Mid Wall Rock Climbing 

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This is the cliff directly above the Winkie Dinkie Cliff. It has some high quality routes with very little traffic. It is fairly shaded.

Getting There 

There are at least five ways to access Mid Wall.

1) Take the Seamstress route after hiking up to K-Cliff (see images linked to route).

2) Hike up all the way from K-Cliff using fixed lines as described below:

Traverse right along the base of K-Cliff and follow the trail up the gully past the Lip. Traverse along the faint trail above the Black Wall to the base of Winkie Dinkie. Pass Gorilla my Dreams and walk towards the top of Breakfast of Champions, keeping an eye out for a gully on the left. Go up the gully and through the tunnel with the fixed line. Now you are on top of Julie's Roof. Follow a second fixed line and a goat trail to a blocky narrow passage. (If you take this third fixed line down you will access all of the top of the Lower Wall.) If you go up the fixed line, you will be at the Middle Wall.

Update: June 2014: There appears to be no fixed lines on this route now.

3) Via Winkie Dinkie cliff. Climb something at the Great Northern Slab, Princely Ambitions, or hike in from the trail between K-Cliff and the Lip, and then climb Gorilla My Dreams (or the above fixed lines) to get up there.

4) Do a route that either tops out on the Narrow-Arrow end of the Lower Wall, or the wall left of Orc Tower.

5) Hike the trail that goes to the Upper Town Wall (from the Country), taking the first turnout left. Where the Blues Cliff trail forks off left, stay right and continue across the top of the Lower Wall. This is a fun hike, but be careful about the dilapidated stairs. Also use caution on the exposed wooden bridge.

Climbing Season

For the Middle Town Walls area.

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mid Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mid Wall:
Plum Pudding   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Hips and Valleys   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 60'   
Waiting for the Sun   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Dinky Twinkies   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   
Blue Ribbon variation   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
PBR   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Flippo   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 60'   
Folsom Blues   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Keith's Crack   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch   
Seams Alright   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Swamp Thang   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 70'   
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By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Apr 10, 2012
A fun way to reach this wall is to do the two pitches of Princely Ambitions (5.9), walk up and left on a short trail, then do Gorilla my dreams (5.10a). (GMD is on the Winkie Dinkie cliff, just above the Free Area.) From the top anchor on GMD, hand-over-hand your way up a short section with a fixed rope, then walk another short trail.
By Jessica T
From: seattle, wa
Jul 28, 2013
Great area for a hot day.
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Jun 20, 2014
There is no fixed rope above Princely/ Champions.
If you topped out Beak, Beak you would find a fixed line above St. Francis ledge.
The old trail is really long compared to Gorilla or Seamstress approach. It is past 1/2 way to UTW, not recommended unless you want a long hike in the dark woods.
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Jun 20, 2014
Thanks Geoff, I updated the approach description above.
By Brian Polagye
May 31, 2015
The fixed lines are back as of May 30, 2015. Kind of a sketchy approach, though, in my opinion. The steps equipped with fixed lines are not likely to clean up with use and there seems like a good chance that any debris kicked down the gullies could fall down into the GNS area.

The bridge/stairs route via The Country was much more pleasant, in my opinion, but the bridge is pretty sketchy. Does anyone know the history of its installation or any folks that would be interested in helping to replace it? Seems like if you had a dozen people helping out, it wouldn't be too hard to haul replacement 2x12 timber and decking.
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Jul 5, 2016
I did the fixed rope approach again that is left of the Dihedral wall ( above Princely Ambitions) and right of Winky Dinky. I strongly advise not to go this way, too dangerous to knock loose stuff onto cliff below. I was up there in the winter when I was pretty sure nobody would be below.
By slim
Jul 6, 2016
geoff, are you talking about the fixed rope maybe 50 feet left of the winky dink cliff?
By geoff georges
From: Seattle, Wa.
Aug 18, 2016
Slim, no, the fixed rope left of Winky is mine, there is a steep narrow gully right of Winky that has or had a fixed rope.
By BrokenChairs
From: Seattle
Jul 17, 2017
A great way to approach the mid wall is to go up the via ferrata route that starts in the corner system between the GNS slab and the dirty wall (I know it actually starts on the other side but for getting to the mid wall it makes sense to start here). Once on the top of GNS hike up on the easy to find trail and head right till you see a fixed line up the gully. From here there is several more fixed lines and via ferrata rungs that take you right up to the base of Hips and Valleys. On the way down I found it easiest to hike off towards the upper wall trail. The ladder has been recently replaced and is in great condition (compared to stairs). The bridge is a will wobbly however there is a fixed line between two trees that you can clip into if the bridge crossing seems dicey.

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