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Pinto Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,123'
Location: 46.32448, -121.92477 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Brenden Sullivan on Jul 30, 2014

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Late season sunrise at Pinto.



Pinto Rock is a welded tuff-breccia formation rising up to 400 feet tall. The cliff walls are heavily studded with knobs ranging from small pebbles to large blocks. Originally, most of the routes here were protected by the knobs which can be somewhat securely hitched with runners or slings while the more recent routes have been protected by the use of bolts. There are also a few mixed routes combining the two disciplines, so even if the bolts look good from the ground, its always a good idea to have an extra couple of slings just in case. The southwest buttress is the tallest aspect, both of its east and west faces are quite long, and there is a deep gully/walk-through that separates the northern section. At 5,123 feet the position of the crag is very prominent to its surroundings offering a high elevation/alpine feel - not to mention a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Adams, Hood, St. Helens and Rainier!

Getting There 

From Randle, WA (Hwy 12) head South on 131, keep right and follow NF-25 for 19.2 miles. After mile post 21, turn Left at sign for Mosquito Meadows, follow NF-28 for 2.7 miles, and then another left onto NF-77. This road is rough, so go slow, and continue on NF-77 for about 2 miles until Pinto Rock appears out of nowhere. Keep driving to the big pullout and the main trail will be clearly visible. This trail traverses the entire formation and leads to the Rodeo Wall.

From the Portland area, head north on I-5 to Woodland, WA. Take Exit 21 and drive the WA-503 East for 32.5 miles. Continue on Rd-90 for 2.7 miles, NF-90 for 9.2 miles, and Hyw-90 for another 2.7 miles before the road finally turns into NF-25. Follow the 25 for 22.9 miles and turn Right onto NF-28.

Climbing Season

For the Southwest Cascades area.

Weather station 12.6 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Pinto Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pinto Rock:
Bowling Alley (aka Regular Route)   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, Alpine, 4 pitches, 430'   South Face
Cobbles 101   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, Alpine, 5 pitches, 430'   South Face
Wild Wild West   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'   West Face
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Wild Wild West 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Washington : Southwest Cascades : ... : West Face
Awesome adventure route with some wild exposure! Yeeehaaa!P1: 5.7 - Climb a series of surprisingly clean ramps and slabs to a nice belay on a good ledge. Use a long draw or two for drag 120ftP2: 5.6 - Follow bolts up shallow groove left of the belay, then traverse right side of 10ft saddle to another bolt, scramble up and left a bit to a great belay with chains. 110ftP3: 5.8 - Follow bolts up and right onto the exposed face to a semi-hanging belay on a small ledge., 80ftPossible to link Pitches...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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Sunrise at Pinto (East Face)

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By Brenden Sullivan
Jul 17, 2017
FOUND: Two stuck ropes set up as a double rope rappel 07/16/17. The ropes were threaded through the middle links and were essentially auto-locking when pulled on. A reminder to all to when rappelling on chains: ALWAYS THREAD THE ROPE THROUGH THE LOWER LINKS NO MATTER WHAT.

PM me to claim ropes.

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