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Puzzle Palace Rock Climbing 

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Puzzle Palace is currently home to 3 fully bolted routes of good quality. There is some potential here for new development. The crag faces west, high in Tumwater canyon and provides interesting climbing on highly textured, sharp rock. This crag seems lightly traveled-- you won't find yourself connecting strings of chalked holds here. As a consequence, there is some small loose stuff around most of the routes. It is not a bad idea to wear a helmet while climbing and belaying at this crag.

Getting There 

To get to Puzzle Palace, head right on the trail from Clem's Holler towards the Nut House. When you get to the large gully before the Nut House head up, staying to the left of a rocky rib. It is a fair climb up to the base of the crag, perhaps 10-15 minutes from the Nut House.

Climbing Season

For the Clem's Holler Area area.

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Puzzle Palace

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Puzzle Palace:
Perplexus   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 100'   
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Featured Route For Puzzle Palace

Thing-a-ma-jig 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Washington : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : ... : Puzzle Palace
Step onto the wall, traversing up and right past your first bolt. You will find an amazing hueco that serves as a two hand jug, sidepull, and undercling. Rest here if you are feeling pumped. The climbing eases off the higher you get. Continue upwards past three more bolts, onto a less than vertical face with huge holds. Pass one old piton behind a hallow flake. Clip it if you dare! You could place gear above the last bolt if you wish. It looked to be smaller stuff, maybe #1 Camalot ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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By CHopwood
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 3, 2012
These routes were great! The approach for this crag seemed like a real sandbag in the guidebook. My partner and I clocked it at just over 1.3 miles from the trailhead and the scramble up the gully from The Nuthouse is brutal. It took us just under an hour to descend back to the car. On the bright side, we had the crag all to ourselves on Labor Day Weekend.
By Jason Albino
From: San Francisco, CA
Apr 20, 2013
There's a good 5 bolted lines here, actually, as of June 2012. I agree in terms of the sandbagged approach, though it took us more like 20-25 arduous minutes from Clem's Holler. It's a steep hike, but the main challenge is how consistently loose the "trail" is. It's fine if you take your time, but please take care not to slip! Don't miss Perplexus once you get there - outstanding!
By AlexisV
May 14, 2013
Brutal approach but it meant we had the whole spot to ourselves this past weekend. Perfect for a group of folks getting comfortable on lead and really, watch the loose dirt. If you're being belayed off the route the most hazardous part of the entire day might be scrambling back up to your partner. Nice and shady and pretty protected from the light drizzle that started up. All in all, well worth the haul. It's solid, fun stuff.
By Phil Chi
From: Bend, OR
Jun 2, 2013
At least 5 bolted lines now. Not sure what the one on the far right of the crag is. Harder than the others but dirty and needs more traffic to clean up. Hard hike but worth it, extra sandbag points when you bring a full rack, 4 liters of water, and forget that you have 3 guidebooks in your pack.

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