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Observation Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,364'
Location: 46.90179, -121.80659 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: J. Manning on Mar 24, 2016
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Observation Rock is prominent high point on the lower flanks of Curtis Ridge on Mt. Rainier. The summit provides unique mid-height views towards the Rainier's North walls as well as a broad swathe of Western Washington.

Getting There 

Approach is normally made from the Mowich Lake trailhead (open seasonally) via the Spray Park trail. Approaches from White River/Glacier Basin are conceivably possible.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.5 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Observation Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Observation Rock:
North Face   AI2     Ice, 3 pitches, 500'   
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Featured Route For Observation Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Observation Rock from Spray Park, Mt. Rainier in b...

North Face AI2  Washington : Southwest Cascades : Observation Rock
This route ascends the steep snow and alpine ice face below and climber's right (looking south) of the summit pyramid. If pitching the climbing out with a 60m rope, it could be 3-4 pitches. On our ascent, we climbed in two simul leads with one belay approximately halfway up the face. For the most part, the climbing is about 50 degrees with a possible steeper section near the top. The route is best climbed in late summer and fall, when snow has melted off the route and solid alpine ice is e...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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