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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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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 climbs here were protected by the knobs which can be somewhat securely hitched with runners or slings while the more recent climbs have been protected by the use of bolts. The South 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 unique, offering a high elevation/alpine feel - not to mention spectacular surrounding views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, St. Helens AND Mt. 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

Weather station 12.6 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',5],['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
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