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Rattlesnake Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jeff Hebert on May 13, 2012

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Rattlesnake rock has a number of quality sport routes that are not slab climbs. There's a higher face with somewhat dirty, but fun 5.10 routes and then a lower section with a few harder ones, including the classic Rock n' Rattle (11c).

Getting There 

Just further North than Castle Rock on Highway 2 by about a quarter-mile is a paved pull-out on the river side. Park there and find a trail entering the woods at the northern end, marked by a cairn. Steep hiking brings you to the crag in about 15 minutes.

Climbing Season

For the Tumwater Canyon area.

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Rattlesnake Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rattlesnake Rock:
Early Archeologist   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 80'   
Forearm Confusion   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 75'   
Tubbing at Der Ritterhoff   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 75'   
Rock n' Rattle   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 75'   
Zweibles   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Rattlesnake Rock
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Rock n' Rattle 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Washington : Central-East Cascades, Wena... : ... : Rattlesnake Rock
A thin start yields to slightly easier, but still thought-provoking climbing through the middle and up to the roof. Holds down low are typically positive. The roof has holds where you need them and eases quite a bit at the very top.This is an incredible pitch in an awesome position relatively high above the Wenatchee River....[more]   Browse More Classics in Washington

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Rock Climbing Photo: A hand drawn topo on rattlesnake rock.  And Zweibl...
BETA PHOTO: A hand drawn topo on rattlesnake rock. And Zweibl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rattlesnake Rock from below, on the approach trail
Rattlesnake Rock from below, on the approach trail

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By Jeff Hebert
From: Seattle, WA
May 14, 2012
The topo in Kramar's 2010 guide suggests that all of the climbs on the "Sport Wall" start at the same elevation. It sure seemed like there were three climbs that started low down together (Tubbing, Rattle, and Zweibles) on the right and the rest were up on the ledge to the left (towards Piton Tower).

Any better beta out there?
By Charles Hickenbottom
Aug 27, 2014
I posted some general information and specifics about access to belay ledges on the Wenatchee Outdoors website last year . This would be good information for first timers heading up to Rattlesnake.
By Jon Nelson
From: Bellingham, WA
Aug 27, 2014
Charles -- do you think you could repost the relevant info here?
By ewetzel
Jul 19, 2015
Approach beta: Headed up to this crag yesterday. The trail is very steep and eroded and loose. The 15-min approach time is no longer possible-- some might be able to do it in half an hour.

Our guidebook calls this a great collection of "steep" sport routes. Coming from Red River Gorge style "steep" sport climbing, we were surprised when we saw the actual rock. These routes are mostly vertical, with a few hands free slab-type rests. There is a small gently overhung section at the top. The overhang is by no means the crux-- the thought-provoking slab is.

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